SHIRLEY, William Albert
(Service number 27381)

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Date 17 October 1876 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Arthur SHIRLEY (father), Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
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

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

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No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railway Employee


Date 22 August 1954 Age 77 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area 8, Plot 64
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Albert Shirley was the older son of Arthur and Bridget Ann (née Jones) Shirley. W. A. Shirley embarked from Liverpool on 16 November 1917 by the “Ruahine” and arrived back in New Zealand on 6 January 1918. He married Norah May Harris in 1926. His brother Arthur also served in World War I, and their sister married Richard Sullivan who was also to serve in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 November 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [09 November 2019]; Ruru Cemetery headstone transcription [09 November 2019]; Timaru Herald, 8 January 1918 (Papers Past) [22 November 2013]

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