WORNER, Alexander
(Service number 14725)

Aliases Served as Warner
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Charles Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Occupation Butcher
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs A. Warner (wife), Charles Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Devenport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)

Award Circumstances and Date

London Gazette, 28 December 1917, p13575, Rec No 1171: "Operations opposite Warneton - 13th June 1917. For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance on the night of the 13th/14th June, this non-commissioned officer led his platoon with great bravery, rushing and capturing an enemy Machine Gun. When the platoons had lost touch during the night, Sergeant Warner under heavy fire, reorganised his men and got them back into the correct positions. He set a fine example of personal bravery to his men."

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 10 December 1917 Age 27
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference NZ Apse, Panel 2
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Husband of Elizabeth Jane Warner of Dunbeath Street, Blenheim; Information on Cenotaph supplied by a niece indicates that Alexander Warner and Alfred Warner Helem were brothers of George William Worner. All three served in the First World War and were killed in action. Two died at Passchendaele;The connection between the three men is unclear because of the spelling of their surnames. It is understood that the correct spelling of the family name is Worner; Alfred Warner Helem, the youngest brother, lived with his uncle and appears to have enlisted under his uncle's surname, which was Helem; Served as Warner, but understood from the family the correct spelling is Worner.


Cenotaph (12 August 2013)

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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)

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