HEDGES, William
(Service number 55594)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Sergeant


Date 27 August 1883 Place of Birth Adstone Lodge, Northamptonshire, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o STEVENSON, King Street, Timaru
Occupation Fellmonger
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Thomas HEDGES (father), Adstone Lodge, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England. Also Mrs Ethel May TAIT (friend), C/o Mrs Stevenson, King Street, Timaru
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 Reinforcements, G Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Briagde

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 July 1955 Age 71 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 180 (RSA), Plot 19
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Hedges was the fourth son of Thomas and Kate (née Underwood), of Adstone Lodge, Northamptonshire, England. William was at home with his family in 1891. His mother died in 1909. He was called up in 1917 and had been in New Zealand for eighteen years when he enlisted. He appears to have come to New Zealand as a very young man, possibly with his brother older Talmage Hedges. William was a member of Park Bowling Club, theclub giving him a send-off on 18 July 1917 at the Queen’s Hotel.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 March 2020]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Ashburton District Council) [22 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 14 February 1917, 17 & 23 July 1917, 8 July 1919 (Papers Past) [March 2020]

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