WILLIAMS, William Richard
(Service number 48867)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||9 April 1898||Place of Birth||Greymouth|
|Date||22 January 1917||Age||18 years 9 months|
|Address at Enlistment||24 Harper Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||1st Canterbury - serving|
|Next of Kin||Mrs R. J. WILLIAMS (mother), 21 Threadneedle Street, Greymouth|
|Religion||Church of England or Methodist|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 134 lbs. Chest measurement 33-35½ inches. Complexion brown. Eyes light brown. Hair dark brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both 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. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||26th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||9 June 1917|
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|Service Medals||British War Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Date||26 February 1919||Reason||On termination of period of engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
19 December 1917 admitted to 3rd NZ General Hospital at Codford (VD Section); 26 March 1918 discharged from VD Convalescant Section. 2 July 1918 left Hornchurch; 10 July 1918 reported to Codford. 29 July 1918 admitted 3rd NZ General Hospital at codford - angina. 15 August 1918 discharged from VD Convalescant Section to duty at 3rd NZ General Hospital. 30 August 1918 discharged from 3rd NZ General Hospital to Command Depot.
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William Richard Williams, born on 9 April 1898 at Greymouth, was the eldest son of Richard Jones and Mary (née Bourke) Williams, and fifth in a family of twelve. William embarked for the reurn to New Zealand per the "Briyon" on 24 December 1919 at Plymouth.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 December 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0123110) [08 December 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 December 2017]; Temuka Leader, 23 January 1917 (Papers Past) [02 December 2017]
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