HARPER, William
(Service number 27284)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 5 September 1874 Place of Birth Hawes, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o J. Moore, Waitohi
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John HARPER (father), Sedbergh, Yorkshire, England
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 Canterbury Regiment

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Post-war Occupations



Date 10 June 1951 Age 76 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 158, RSA Plot 30
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Harper was the son of John Harper, of Yorkshire, England. 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 W. Harper.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2019]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record [Ashburton District Council) [17 September 2019); Timaru Herald, 31 May 1916 (Papers Past) [17 October 2019]

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