SEWARD, William Wills
(Service number 32400)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 1 March 1881 Place of Birth Bridgewater, Somerset, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Winchester
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Two children
Next of Kin Mrs Ethel Annie SEWARD (wife), Rathmore Street, Timaru; then Orari
Religion Church of England
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 10th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Decon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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Post-war Occupations


Date 16 January 1952 Age 69 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 160, Plot 668
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Wiulliam Wills Seward, born on 1 March 1881 in England, was the son of George Underhill and Elizabeth (née Worner) Seward. He married Ethel Annie Brenton on 28 April 1909 at Geraldine. Daughter Peggy was born on 4 April 1911 and son George on 11 October 1913, both at Winchester. Ethel predeceased William and is buried at Geraldine. William's brother Harry Seward was killed in action in 1916 in German East Africa.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 March 2017]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [26 March 2017]

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