BAIN, William
(Service number 61021)

Aliases Bill
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 April 1897 Place of Birth Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date 18 July 1917 Age 20 years 3 months
Address at Enlistment Kimbell, Fairlie, Canterbury
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs E. BAIN (mother), Kimbell, Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6½ inches. Weight 126 lbs. Chest measurement 31-34 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not free of varicose veins. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Mole on left hip. A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

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
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 25 March 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in Action.

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Post-war Occupations


Date 19 July 1968 Age 71 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 20 July 1968
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 126, Plot 2
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Bain was born on 23 April 1897 at Pleasant Point, the third child and second son of John and Ellen Isabel (née Burgess) Bain. Like his brother Donald, he started at Fairlie School before transferring to Cricklewood and Silverstream and back to Fairlie.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Datanbase [31 October 203]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0011407) [02 November 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 October 2016]; Timaru Herald, 3 October 1918 (Papers Past) [03 August 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [31 October 2016]; Timaru Herald, 20 July 1968 (Timaru District Library) [01 November 2016]

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