DORWARD, Edmond William Thomas
(Service number 32639)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 9 July 1895 Place of Birth Rangitata, Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Lovells Flat
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs P. DORWARD (mother), Lovells Flat, Otago
Religion Presbyterian
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 19th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 3 December 1917 Age 22 years
Place of Death Belgium, France
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Belgium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edmond William Thomas Dorward was the eldest son of Thomas Edmond Wilson and Phillipa Mary (née Emmett) Dorward. He was baptised at Geraldine Presbyterian Church. Edmond, possibly known as William, started his education at Rangitata Station School. His father died in 1914 and left a widow and several children. His brother George Frederick James Dorward was called up and appealed in ealry 1918, saying that he was the main support of his widowed mother and her six children, and that his only brother of military age was away on active service. In fact Williamd had died by thie time, after initially being posted as missing.


Auckland War Memorial museum Cenotaph Database [June 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [June 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 June 2019]

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