BEHRENS, William Edward
(Service number 36190)

First Rank Sapper Last Rank Sapper


Date 8 March 1891 Place of Birth Orari

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Leydon Street, Linwood, Christchurch
Occupation Telegraphist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. BEHRENS (mother), Leydon Street, Linwood, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
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 23rd Reinforcements, Headquarters Staff, Divisional Signallers
Date 14 March 1917
Transport Ruapehu
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Enhineers

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 14 May 1961 Age 70 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area 9, Plot 112
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Edward Behrens was the oldest son of john frederick Behrens (born in Hanover, Germany) and his New Zealand born wife, Mary Jane (Jane) née Johnson). His early education was at Orari School. William married Gwendoline Smith in 1921.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 July 2018]; NZBDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 July 2018]; Ruru cemetery headstone transcription [09 July 2018]

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