RITCHIE, William Traill
(Service number 50246)

First Rank Sergeant Major Last Rank


Date 27 March 1882 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cave, South Canterbury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs D. RITCHIE (wife), Featherston
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 40th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Prisoner of War Information

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 22 May 1940 Age 58 years
Place of Death Bidwill Private Hospital, Timaru; of Gleniti, Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 7, Plot 442A
New Zealand Memorials Cave War Memorial - Those who offered their lives by serving overseas

Biographical Notes

William Traill Ritchie was the son of John Macfarlane and Ella (née McLaren) Ritchie. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate. William married Dorothy Cecil Dibbs about 1909 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The name W. T. Ritchie is recorded on the Cave War Memorial, as having served [incorrectly assigned to William Thomas Ritchie, 59052].


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 April 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 April 2019]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [23 April 2019]

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