(Service number 29166)

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Date 28 November 1892 Place of Birth Orari

Enlistment Information

Date 25 May 1916 Age 23 years 6 months
Address at Enlistment Orari
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William Henderson (father), Orari, New Zealand
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 154 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair dark. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both good. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Hert and lungs normal. No teeth. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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 5 December 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for war service (Pleurisy).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 January 1988 Age 95 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference General section, Row 361, Plot 29
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William HENDERSON was the second son of William and Rachel (née THORNTON) HENDERSON.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [9 September 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0053494) [17 September 2015]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 September 2015]; Timaru Herald, 23 June 1917 (Papers Past) [15 September 2015]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [05 October 2014]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [19 September 2015]; SCRoll submission by T Brosnahan, 24 June 2022

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