ANNISS, Walter
(Service number 21764)

Aliases Bod
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 12 March 1890 Place of Birth Burkes Pass

Enlistment Information

Date 3 May 1916 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Burkes Pass
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret ANNISS (mother), Burke's Pass, Fairlie, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 126 lbs. Chest measurement 31-34 inches. Complaxion fair. Eyes grey. Hair ..... Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily & mental health. No fits.

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 7th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 21 August 1916
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 12 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 29 September 1966 Age 76 years
Place of Death 39 Mt cook Road, Fairlie (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 30 September 1966
Memorial or Cemetery Burkes Pass Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials Timaru War Memorial Wall; Fairlie War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Walter Annis was a son of John and Margaret (Maggie, née O'Neill) Annis.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0008931) [02 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 30 September 1966 (Timaru District Library) [02 August 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 August 2016]; Temuka Leader, 1 May 1900, Timaru Herald, 29 May 1919, 6 August 1919 (Papers Past) [02 August 2016]; Personal discussion between Tony Rippin and Simon Liddy, 10 Septmber 2014 (re: identification of brother and brother in-law)

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