(Service number 23167)
|Aliases||William Richardson GILLESPIE (birth name)|
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs S. GILLESPIE (mother), North Road, Oamaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||4th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company|
|Date||27 May 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, B Company|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
26 August 1918 wounded.
|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|
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 (ancestry.co.au) [10 July 2014]; NZ Birth indexes (DIA historical records) [10 July 2014]
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