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|Date||13 September 1885||Place of Birth||County Clare, Ireland|
|Date||17 June 1918||Age||32 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Clydevale, Otago|
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|Marital Status||Married. One child.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Mary Ellen HILLARY (wife), St Augustine Street, Waimate|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 11 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 36-40 years. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing normal. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No notification for consumption. Never absent from work through ill-health or accident.|
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William Hillary, born on 13 September 1885 (or 1883) in County Clare, Ireland, was the son of Michael and Bridget (née Fitzgerald) Hillary. In 1901 fourteen year old William was recorded as afarmer's son at home with his family at Oughtdarra, Cloughaun, Count Calre. He married Mary Ellen (Nellie) Nolan on 4 December 1912 at Waimate, Their son William Thomas Hillary was born on 15 September 1913 at Waimate. When he enlisted in June 1918, William's lemployer was Mr J. Dailey, Waimate. W. Hillary was listed among the men of the Waimate quota of the 46th Draft who would parade at the Waimate Drillshed at 12.15 on 9th September 1918. He then left for camp after the South Canterbury quota paraded at the drill hall and left by the express. In May 1919 Waimate Borough lease was transferred to William Hillary.
NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0054862) [07 May 2019]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 6 September 1918, 14 May 1919, Timaru Herald, 7 September1918 (Papers Past) [05 & 06 May 2019]; 1901, 1911 Irreland census returns (per ancestry.co.nz) [05 May 2019]
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