PALMER, William John
(Service number 20/37)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 1 November 1867 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 28 Feburary 1915 Age 46
Address at Enlistment Cambridge Street Timaru
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Grace Palmer (wife), Timaru, New Zealand
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height: 5ft 8in. Weight: 146lb,

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Samoan Relief Force; 3rd Samoan Relief Force; Members of Samoan Garrison Returning to Duty after Furlough in New Zealand
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Mounted Infantry
Date 27/03/1915; 10 January 1916;13 October 1917
Transport HMNZT 16 Talune (on all three occassions)
Embarked From Auckland, New Zealand Destination Apia, Western Samoa (on all three occassions)
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Australasian, Samoa (1915-1918)
Service Medals British War 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 24 June 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for war service (deafness, age, debility)

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 August 1938 Age
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes


Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph database (3 August 2015); Military personnel file (3 August 2015)

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