HOPKINS, Harrap William
(Service number 7/730)

Aliases Horap on Cenotaph Database & NZ Defence Force Personnel Records
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 25 January 1889 Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date 20 October 1914 Age 25 yrs 8 mths
Address at Enlistment Waihimomona, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Kathleen HOPKINS, Waihimomona, Geraldine, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 ft 51/4 in. Weight 133 lb. Chest 33-36 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight, hearing - good. Colour-vision correct. Limbs, chest well formed. Full movement of limbs. Heart, lungs - normal. Teeth - fair. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily & mental health; no physical defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

D.S.O. - presented January 1918, for bravery in the field.  

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 3 August 1915 Age 26 yrs
Place of Death Military Hospital, Cairo, Egypt (Egyptian Army Hospital, Pont-de-Koubbeh)
Cause Died of disease (septic throat)
Notices Timaru Herald, 10 August 1915
Memorial or Cemetery Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Memorial Reference M 55
New Zealand Memorials Memorial wall, Timaru; Gapes Valley & Beautiful Valley War Memorial (W. Hopkins); Geraldine War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of Joseph Samuel & Kathleen Agatha HOPKINS, of Waihimomona, Geraldine. Attended several schools in Christchurch. Brother Leslie Garey HOPKINS was killed in action in 1917. 


Cenotaph Database [21 December 2013]; CWGC [21 December 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0056541) [05 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 10 August 1915, 25 August 1915, 4 September 1918, 12 October 1918, 19 January 1918, 29 May 1920 (Papers Past) [21 & 22 December 2013, 2 February 2014]

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