DUNN, William Robert Allan
(Service number 6/3690)

Aliases W A Dunn
First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 24 June 1890 Place of Birth Silverstream, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 18 October 1915 Age 25
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point, New Zealand
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience A.L.C Group 10 Albury
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. A. Dunn (Mother), Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Slight Defect Of Teeth, Fit for service

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 August 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt 1916, Western European 1916.
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
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 20/12/1916 Reason No longer physically fit for war service

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

23 May 1916 - gun shot wound in action (skull frontal wound) & admitted to No.8 Casulaty Clearing Station (CCS); 24 May 1916 0- admitted to No.13 General Hospital, Boulogne, France; 9 June 1916 - embarked for England, where he was admitted To King George Hospital London on 11 June; 24 July 1916 - transferred to NZ Military Hospital, Wellington. 9 August 1916 - admitted To NZ Company Camp, Christchurch. 12 August 1916 - invalided to NZ on the Willochra, and struck off strenght as "No Longer Physically Fit For War Or Home Service". 29 November 1916 - Following the proceedings of a Medical Board Dunn was discahrged. It noted his consequential disabilities of his gun shot wound to his skull as being "Depressed scar with discharging sinus, Slight interference with speech," His progress was noted as stationary, requiring further treatment, totally incapacitating him in regards to earning a full livelihhood at the time.

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 May 1919 Age 29
Place of Death Chalmers Military Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
Cause Died on acount of wounds received in action
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Corner of Keighleys and Linwood Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Memorial Reference Block 2B RSA Plot 11
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pleasant Point War Memorial; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library)

Biographical Notes

Son of Mrs. Margaret Allan Dunn, late of Pleasant Valley; Husband of M. Dunn, of Christchurch.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [4/09/2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. 59640 746374 92220297) [4/9/2013]; CWGC (9/9/2013);

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