RANCE, Richard
(Service number 34729)

First Rank Private Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 17 August 1894 Place of Birth Windlesham, Surrey, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bluecliffs, St Andrews
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Emma RANCE (mother), care of R. H. Rhodes, Bluecliffs, St Andrews, South Canterbury; later c/o R. D. Orbell, Esq, Geraldine
Religion Church of England
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 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 October 1986 Age 92 years
Place of Death Ranfurly
Memorial or Cemetery Ranfurly Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Richard Rance was the son (probably the only child) of Richard and Emma Mary (née Boyce) Rance. In 1901 he was at home at Winkfield, Berkshire, England, with his parents. In 1911 his parents were at Windlesham, while Richard was a gardener residing at Sunninghill, Berkshire, with his uncle Luke Rance. By 1914 Emma and her son Richard were in New Zealand. Corporal R. Rance returned to New Zealand in May 1919 per the "Carpentaria". In 1939 Emma was back in England, then widowed, her husband Richard having died in 1930. She was living at "Bluecliffs", Bagshot, Surrey. Emma herself was long-lived like her son, she dying in 1961 at the age of 95. Richard junior remained in New Zealand. He married Ruby Maud Bailey in 1920..


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [10 April 2019]; 1901, 1911 England census ( [12 April 2019]; Otago Daily Times newspaper notice transcription [12 April 2019]; Sun, 3 May 1919 (Papers Past) [08 April 2019]

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