HORWELL, Walter Waddell
(Service number 3/89A)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||2nd Lieutenant|
|Date||29 November 1893||Place of Birth||Christchurch|
|Address at Enlistment||Sophia Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||William Parkes Horwell, Sophia Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||New Zealand Medical Corps|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Medical Corps|
|Military Awards||Military Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Distinguished himself in Ambulance Corps in France - conspicuous bravery at the Somme push in 1916.
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||22 March 1970||Age||76 years|
|Place of Death||Pacific Ocean|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Memorial plaque, Pukekohe Public Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||returneds Services Area, Row 13|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Walter Waddell Horwell was the son of William Parkes and Joan Cooper (née Brown. He was educated at Christchurch East and Phillipstown schools, before transferring to Timaru Main School, where, in 1917, the school committee recognised his award of the Military Medal. he had distinguished himself in the Ambulance Corps in France - conspicuous bravery at the Somme push in 1916. Walter had won a junior scholarship in 1908. In August 1917 his brother in Timaru received a most interesting letter from Walter, in which he described the destruction and desolation of ruined villages. [Timaru Herald, 7 August 1917]. He married Stella May Frew in 1921.
A granddaughter recalled Walter "... died while on a much anticipated holiday (probably their first ever holiday) [during a] cruise in the Pacific ..". He is remembered on in the ashes section on a RSA plaque at Pukekohe Cemetery.
Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2018]' Timaru Herald, 8 March 1917, 28 April 1917, 7 August 1917 (Papers Past) [21 May 2018]; School Admission records; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs)23 May 2018]; Pukekohe Cemetery plaque transcription (South Canterbury Branch cemetery records) [24 May 2018]; SCRoll web submission by V Johnstone, 14 October 2022
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