BLISSETT, William James
(Service number 23131)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Rifleman


Date 25 December 1876 Place of Birth Near Timaru (Winchester)

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Martinborough
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience South African War
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs L. NAPIER (sister), 33 Glasgow Street, Dunedin South
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 Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion, H Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Tofua
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

Lost left eye

Post-war Occupations


Date 22 July 1960 Age 84 years
Place of Death Martinborough
Memorial or Cemetery Martinborough Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 2, row 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William James Blissett was the son William and Hannah (née White) Blissett who came to New Zealand from England, with several children, in the1870s. William was their first child - maybe only child - born in New Zealand. W. J. Blissett lost his left eye in the war.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 April 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 April 2019]; Cemetery record [23 April 2019]

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