PRIEST, William John
(Service number 47074)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 11 November 1878 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bank Street, Timaru
Occupation Ironmonger
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin W. PRIEST (father), Arcade, Timaru
Medical Information

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 27th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 12 June 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date *July 1949 Age 71 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 129, Plot 215
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William John Priest was the eldest son of William and Barbara Ann (née Simpson) Priest. He was educated at Timaru Main School and went on to High School. His brother Roy Simpson Priest was killed in action in 1917 and another brother, George Gordon Priest, also served in World War I. William married Esther Sinclair in 1920 at Chalmers Church, Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 December 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 December 2017]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [02 January 2018]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [02 January 2018]

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