BLACK, Walter George
(Service number 82038)

Aliases Nicknamed "Boy"
First Rank Last Rank


Date 18 May 1897 Place of Birth Ophir, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 21 June 1917 Age 20 years 1 month
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Walter BLACK (father), Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations

Stock agent


Date 7 February 1952 Age 54 years
Place of Death Fairlie
Memorial or Cemetery Fairlie Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plt 8
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Walter George Black, nicknamed Boy, was born on 18 May 1897 at Ophir, Otago, the third child and oldest son of Walter (Happy) and Charlotte Amelia (née Jaggers) Black. Shortly after Walter was born, his parents moved to Fairlie. Walter started his schooling at Fairlie, transferring to Silverstream School, near Failie at the age of eight. Two years later he moved to Addington School in Christchurch and in September 1911 returned to Fairlie School.

Walter, junior, was a shepherd at Lake Tekapo when his name was drawn in the ballot. He enlisted on 21 June 1917 at Timaru. He was serving with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He married Gladys Lilian Smith in 1920. Walter George Black died on 7 February 1952 at Fairlie and was buried in the local cemetery.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 May 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury & Canterbury branches NZSG) [06 June 2021]; Fairlie Cemetery burial record (Mackenzie District Council) [06 June 2021]

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