CASWELL, William
(Service number 17/382)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Private


Date 1884 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Olry Station, Hastings
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Ellen Caswell (mother), Albury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Veterinary Corps
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 14 June 1917 Age
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Albury War Memorial; Te Ngawai War Memorial; Timaru South School WW1 Memorial plaque; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour; Fairlie War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of Mark and Ellen Caswell, 24 Regent St, Timaru. Two sons, brothers William Caswell (17/382) and George Arthur Caswell (6/4008) were killed in WWI


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (January 2014); SCroll web submission by J Caswell, 25 February 2018

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available.

Researched and Written by

Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB