YESBERG, William Edward 
(Service number 47984)

Aliases Possibly known as Edward. Enlisted as Edward CLARKE; Birth name - William Edward YESBERG. Death name - William Edward YESBURG.
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 9 June 1880 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 10 February 1917 Age 36 years 8 months
Address at Enlistment Okahukura
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. YESBERG (mother), Waimate, South Canterbury. (Amended to Mr J. YESBERG)
Religion Wesleyan
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 141 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing and colour vision all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Had had sciatica. Free from hernia, varcocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25th Reinforcements, H Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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 August 5, 1919 Reason Termination of Period of Engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

In August 1917 he was admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Codford, then Hornchurch - left knee joint swollen and joint distended with fluid.

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 June 1962 Age 81 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikume Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference RSA Block L, Row 3, Plot 23
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Edward YESBERG was the son of John YESBERG  and Anna Maria (Maria, née TAYLOR) YESBERG. Enlisted as Edward CLARK. Brother of Richard YESBERG who also served in WWI. Later of Matiere Saw Mill, Taumarunui. Next-of-kin at death - Mrs K. Nelson, 90 Reed Street, Oamaru (sister). Believe his is the death registered as William Edward YESBERG. On enlistment (at Taumarunui) he indicated that his mother was deceased but she didn't die until 1938. Edward gave 2 years and 74 days of service abroad.


Cenotaph Database [13 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0025461) [30 March 2014]; Waikumete Cemetery burial records (Auckland Council) [28 April 2014], Waikumete Cemetery Monumental Inscription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche collection) [02 May 2014]; Correspondence with Carol Payson, Perth, WA (granddaughter of Mrs Nelson, Oamaru, sister of Edward and Richard YESBERG) [from 10 March 2014]; Feilding Star, 8 June 1911, Timaru Herald, 24 June 1919 (Papers Past0 [15 October 2013; 31 March 2014] 

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