CORLET, Douglas Richmond
(Service number 27226)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 18 May 1893 Place of Birth Johnsonville, Wellington

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Coach painter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Thomas CORLET (father), Pleasant Point, South Canterbury
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 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 July 1961 Age 68 years
Place of Death Lower Hutt
Memorial or Cemetery Taita Cemetery, Lower Hutt
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Douglas Richmond Corlet was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (née Richmond) Corlet. He was educated at Opawa School, Christchurch, and at Timaru South School, leaving there for an apprenticeship in 1906. At noon on 31 May 1916, South Canterbury’s quota of the 17th Reinforcements was entertained at dinner in Stafford Tea Rooms by the lady members of the South Canterbury War Relief Society. The soldiers assembled at the Drill Hall at 3.30 pm to be farewelled by the Mayor before leaving on the north-going express. In this quota was C. R. Corlet. Douglas married Edith Mary Wright in 1921. Edith died in 1923, and Douglas married Sarah Beatrice Sachtler. Sarah died just a few months after Douglas.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 September 2019]; Taita Cemetery, Hutt Valley, headstone transcription [12 September 2019], School Admission records [12 September 2019]; Timaru Herald, 31 May 1916 (Papers Past) [17 October 2015]

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