KERNICK, William
(Service number 67532)

Aliases Known as Willie
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 28 January 1889 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 189 North Street, Timaru
Occupation Machinist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. KERNICK (mother), 189 North Street, Timaru
Religion Anglican
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 35th Reinforcements, a Company
Date 2 March 1918
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Southampton, Hampshire, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 6 October 1967 Age 78 years
Place of Death Palmerston North
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Kernick was the fourth son of Richard and Annie (née Hatswill) Kernick. Willie, as he was known, was educated at Timaru Main School. William was called up in 1916. Draft 217, the “Zealandic”, left for New Zealand on 18 January 1919 and was due in Wellington on 28 February, carrying over 1000 men and nurses, including W. Kernick, 67532, of Timaru. He married Mabel Smith in 1920. His brother Bertie was balloted and enlisted for World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 September 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 September 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [03 September 2019]; Kelvin Grove, Palmerson North cremation record [03 September 2019]; Star, 19 February 1919 (Papers Past) [29 August 2019]

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