(Service number 25/1240)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 25 July 1889 Place of Birth Kelso

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Arcadia Hotel, Levin
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Three children
Next of Kin Mrs F. L. SAPWELL (wife), 31 arthur Street, Timaru; care of J. SULLIVAN, Seddon Street, Levin
Religion Presbyterian
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 3rd Battalion, A Company
Date 5 February 1916
Transport Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
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Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Albert Sapwell was the youngest son of Thomas Ekins Sapwell and Agnes née Donaldson. He married Frances Lillian Tutton in 1908. They had three children before he enlisted - Lillian ethel Violet born in 1909 at Temuka, William ekin Albert born in 1910 at Timaru, and Henry born in 1914 at Timaru. At Trentham Albert played the repiano in the Thrid Battalion's Band. He returned to New Zealand on the Prin Gessin in June 1919. In March 1920 Mrs Sapwell sought a maintenance order and a separation order. Her husband had left her in January 1920 and she did not know where he was. Mrs Sapwell was granted a separation order and custody of the three children, while Albert Sapwell was ordered to pay maintenance. Frances died in 1963 and is buried at Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 March 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 March 2018]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 5 February 1916, Timaru Herald, 16 June 1919, 12 March 1920 (Papers Past) [17 March 2018]

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