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|
|Date||10 February 1917||Age||36 years 8 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Okahukura|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs J. YESBERG (mother), Waimate, South Canterbury. (Amended to Mr J. YESBERG)|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||25th Reinforcements, H Company|
|Date||26 April 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||5 August 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.
|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|
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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