LINDSAY, William Alexander
(Service number 6/493)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||2nd Lieutenant|
|Date||26 September 1890||Place of Birth||Waimate, New Zealand|
|Date||14 August 1914||Age||23|
|Address at Enlistment||C.F.C. Assn, Waimate, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||3 1/2 years with 2nd (South Canterbury) Regiment|
|Next of Kin||Mr James Lindsay (father), Smith Street, Waimate|
|Medical Information||5 foot 7 inches tall, weight 134 lbs, chest 33 inches, medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, good teeth|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Campaigns||Egyptian, Gallipoli, & Western Europe|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||29 July 1919||Reason||End of war|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
2/3 May 1915, Dardanelles: Gn shot wound to right arm - 2 Gen Hospital England, Dardanells; 10 October 1915 admitted to Mudros Hospital with dysentery, evacuated 5 December 1915 to No 2 Gen Hospital London with dysentry & asthma; 17 June 1916 France minor wound.
Salesman & warehouse manager
|Date||27 July 1964||Age||73|
|Place of Death||Greymouth, New Zealand|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William was born at Studholme Junction, on 26 September 1890, to James & Mary Jane Lindsay of Waimate. He was educated at the Waimate District High School where he had an excellent record. On leaving school he was employed by the Canterbury Farmers Co-operative as a hardware salesman, and enlisted for war service on 14 August 1914.
Prior to war service William had served 3½ years as a territorial soldier with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment, and left Timaru for camp, on 17 August 1914, with the 3rd contingent. William was described as being aged 23, 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing 134 lbs, chest measuring 33 inches, having a medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair and with good teeth. Training with the 1st Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, he embarked with the Main Body at Lyttelton on 16 October 1914, for Suez, Egypt, aboard the SS Tahiti or Athenic. After Egyptian service he embarked for the Dardanelles on 12 April 1915, where, on 2/3 May, he was wounded in the right arm. After evacuation to England on 30 May for treatment, he returned to Alexandra on 23 July 1915, before returning to the Dardanelles for further service on 10 August. Coming down with dysentery, he was sent to Mudros on 10 October, and evacuated back to No 2 London General Hospital on 5 December 1915, where he was recorded as suffering from dysentery and asthma. In June 1916, he landed in France, where he was soon wounded again in action on 17 June 1916, but fortunately, minor this time. During this time he had been promoted to Sergeant and was recommended for a commission. Attending an officer’s course in England, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 December 1918. William returned to NZ on the ex German ship “Prinzessin” on 16 May 1919, and was finally discharged on 29 July 1919. For his services to the Empire he received the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
After the war William settled in Hokitika and was involved in the RSA, musical and community affairs, while being employed as a salesman and warehouse manager. He died in Greymouth on 27 July 1964, aged 73.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); ancestry.com.au; Papers Past; NZSG Index V5
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