(Service number 23167)

Aliases William Richardson GILLESPIE (birth name)
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date Unknown Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs S. GILLESPIE (mother), North Road, Oamaru
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 4th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, B Company

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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 n/a Reason n/a

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

26 August 1918 wounded.

Post-war Occupations



Date 26 August 1918 Age 24 yrs
Place of Death Bapaume, France
Cause Killed in Action
Notices Oamaru Mail, 28 September 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France
Memorial Reference III. G. 12.
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Richardson GILLESPIE was born in 1894 in Waimate; He was the fourth son of James John and Sarah Gillespie GILLESPIE. His parents were married in 1884 in Scotland, where they had two children before travelling to Melbourne, Australia, and settling in New Zealand by 1889. his father died in the Oamaru Hospital in 1900, leaving his mother with six children and in need of 'practical sympathy'; his mother died in Oamaru in 1920. William was first reported wounded on 26 August 1918 and some 12 days later reported as killed in action on 26 August. His brother James Richardson (born in 1885 in Scotland) also served in WWI, and his brother Denholm (born in 1892 in Waimate) was listed in the Reserve Rolls. .


Cenotaph Database [09 July 2014]; CWGC [10 July 2014]; Oamaru Mail, 27 November 1900, 6 December 1900, 28 December 1920, 14 September 1918, 28 September 1918, North Otago Times, 14 September 1918, 26 September 1918 (Papers Past) [10 July 2014]; Shipping records ( [10 July 2014]; NZ Birth indexes (DIA historical records) [10 July 2014]

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