OLIVER, William Henry
(Service number 10/493)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||5 May 1890||Place of Birth||St Columb, Cornwall, England|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o Mrs Everitt, Feilding|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs J. OLIVER, Fraddon, Cornwall, England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Wellington Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Arawa or Limerick|
|Other Units Served With|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||26 September 1967||Age||77 years|
|Place of Death||Dannevirke Hospital|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Kelvin Grove Crematorium, Palmerston North|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William Henry Oliver was the son of John and Annie Nancy (née Trebilock) Oliver, of Cornwall, England. William married Ethel Amelia Hosking in 1917 at Truro, Cornwall. One of their sons, William Hosking Oliver, led the development of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
It appears that William had spent time in the Timaru area. A number of Methodists from Cornwall seemed to gravitate to Timaru in the early 1900s. The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of William Henry Oliver.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; Kelvin Grove Crematorium record (Palmerston North District Council [01 April 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 March 2020]
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