WALL, William Arthur
(Service number 6/567)

Aliases Bill
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 12 November 1879 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age 35 yrs
Address at Enlistment Edward Street, Timaru
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience Timaru Rifle Vols - 12 years. South African War - 7th Contingent N. Z. M. R. - 1 yr 6 mths.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William Henry WALL (father), Edward Street, Timaru (Decd.); Mrs R. WALL (mother), 18 Edward St, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Teeth - fair.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
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 8 May 1915 Age 40 yrs
Place of Death Dardanelles
Cause Killed in action
Notices Timaru Herald, 14 June 1915
Memorial or Cemetery Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. Memorial Stone Timaru Cemetery (parents' plot)
Memorial Reference Timaru Cemetery - General Section, Row 3, Plot 369
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Timaru; Timaru South School WW1 Memorial plaque; St Mary's Anglican Church, Timaru; Timaru South African War Memorial; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour; Albury War Memorial (as W. WALLS); Fairlie War Memorial (as W. WALLS)  

Biographical Notes

William Arthur WALL was the eldest son of William Henry and Rebecca WALL, of Timaru. He served as Farrier Sergeant in the South African Campaign. He worked as a blacksmith for many years in Timaru. Bill was remembered at the 5 July 1915 meeting of the Timaru South School Committee. Pte B. S. Graham, of York Street, in a letter to his brother, noted that he was with Charlie Stevenson and Bill Wall when they were hit - "I can tell you that you have no idea what it is like here." In 1927, he was still remebered by his mother in a notice in the Timaru Herald.


Cenotaph Database [21 July 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5515 0005780 [July 2013]; CWGC [16 August 2013]; TDC Headstone image Timaru Cemetery [12 September 2013]; Timaru Herald, 14 June 1915, Otago Daily Times, 17 June 1915. Evening Post, 14 June 1915, Press, 14 June 1915, 17 August 1915 (Papers Past) [14 September 2013, 19 November 2013; 16 March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 7 May 1927 (Timaru District Library) [11 April 2014]

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