CASTLE, William James Henry
(Service number 2/1601)

Aliases Bill
First Rank (1) Gunner; (2) Bombardier Last Rank Gunner


Date 30 October 1890 Place of Birth Brixton, London, England

Enlistment Information

Date (1) 12 April 1915; (2) 23 August 1916 Age (1) 24 years; (2) 25 years
Address at Enlistment Corner of Woodlans Road and North Street, Timaru
Occupation Sailor
Previous Military Experience Royal Naval Volunteer reserve, Britian 1912-1914
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. T. CASTLE (father), 120 Manners (or Manor) Street, Clapham, London, England
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) 5th reinforcements; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) New Zealand Field Artillery; (2) New Zealand Field Artillery
Date (1) 13 June 1915; (2) 2 January 1917
Transport (10 Aparima; (2) Opawa
Embarked From (1) Wellington Destination (1) Suez, egypt; (2) London, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkans (Gallipoli); Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; 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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Sent to St Patricks Hospital, Malta - dysentery, mumps, measles, cerebral concussion

Post-war Occupations

Harbour Board employee - worked on Timaru dredges; painter


Date 8 March 1962 Age 71 years
Place of Death Timaru
Cause Natural causes; heart attack
Notices Timaru Herald, 11 March 1962
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 122, Plot 11
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William James Henry Castle, known as Bill, was born in 1890 in England. He married christine Sarah Bennewith in 1919 at St Mary's Church, Timaru. Christine predeceased him and is buried in Karori Cemetery, Wellington. Bill also enlisted with the New Zealand Forces in World War Two.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 December 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [30 December 2016]

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