(Service number 38941)

Aliases Willie
First Rank Corporal Last Rank Corporal


Date 5 March 1890 Place of Birth Walkerburn, Peebles, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 8 October 1916 Age 26 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment C/o Mrs Lawson, Sarah Street, Timaru
Occupation Joiner
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Richard William DALGLEISH (brother), 11 Gladstone Road, Napier
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 2 inches. Weight 134 lbs. Chest measurement 34-36½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight & hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

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 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 3 August 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 22 September 1953 Age 63 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 23 September 1953
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 115, Plot 15
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William (Willie) Dalgleish was born on 5 March 1890 at Walkerburn, Peebles, Scotland, the son of Thomas Virtue Dalgleish and his wife Margaret née Jamieson. Mr T. V. Dalgleish, his wife, and children left London on 25 November 1893 per the Aorangi, destined for Port Chalmers, New Zealand. William started at The Timaru Main School in 1895 before transferring to Waimataitai School in 1896 when the family moved from Heaton Street to Elizabeth Street. In Standard V in 1902 he was rewarded with a special prize for composition. The family was to suffer a tragic loss in June 1900, when Mr Thomas Virtue Dalgleish, one of the proprietors of the Woollen Mill, died almost immediately after falling between the carriages of the express train near Palmerston, both legs being crushed and severe internal injuries sustained. William's brother, John (Jack) Alexander Dalgleish, died at Gallipoli, and brothers James Jamieson and Virtue also served in World War One. William Dalgleish also saw service in World War Two.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 December 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0031512) [18 January 2017]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [04 January 2017]; Press, 6 January 1893, Timaru Herald, 27 & 28 June 1900, 19 December 1902, 21 September 1916, Press, 10 August 1917, Evening Star, 21 August 1917, Evening Post, 21 June 1919 (Papers Past) [23 December 2016]; Timaru Herald, 23 September 1953 (Timaru District Council) [19 September 2017]

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