JOHNSON, William Gordon
(Service number 74789)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs K. Johnson (mother), Waitohi Flat, Temuka
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 36th Reinforcements, D Company
Date 2 May 1918
Transport Balmoral Castle
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William was a farm hand from Waitohi at the time of his enlistment.

William was originally in the 39th reinforcements but sailed with the 36th. He was posted to the 13th North Canterbury West Coast company, serving on the Western Front, on the 17th of October 1918. On the 5th of November, ,just days before the end of the war, he was wounded in action. William was in action not far from the town of Le Quesnoy and recieved a wound to the abdomen. From Camiers in France he was transferred to Endel Street Military Hospital in the UK. He recovered and was sent to Hornchurch for recuperation, returning home to New Zealand in January 1918.

In 1959 he wrote to the army requesting to get a copy of his dischage papers which were lost in the Japanese occupation of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 September 2017]; 'Victor and William Johnson' on Unknown Wartriors of the NZEF [Facebook page], 24 June 2016.

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Tony Rippin, South Canterbruy Museum

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