MITCHELL, William John
(Service number 4/1339A)

Aliases Cenotaph Database has Service No. 6/1339
First Rank Private Last Rank Sapper


Date 25 August 1893 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Church Street, Timaru
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single; married 1918
Next of Kin W. D. MITCHELL (father), Church Street, Timaru; Mrs W. J. MITCHELL (wife), 2 St Peters Terrace, Ilfracombe, North Devon, England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Engineers

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 March 1980 Age 86 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru; ashes interred Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 40, Plot 385B
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William John Mitchell was born on 25 August 1893 at Dunedin, the second and older surviving son of William Dunn and Maria (née Jeffrey) Mitchell, their first-born having died in infancy. A single man, employed as a carpenter for the Education Board at Timaru, he enlisted early in the war. He returned home after four years and 133 days of serviceoverseas, and with a wife. William married Beatrice May Hooper on 28 September 1918 at the IParish Church at Ilfracombe, Devon, England. His younger brother, Smith Bryce Mitchell, also served in World War I. Bryce married Eleanor McCartney in 1925.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 August 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [05 August 2020]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record [05 August 2020]

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