GENTLEMUN, William Norman McIntosh
(Service number 37616)

Aliases Enlisted as William GENTLEMUN.
First Rank Sapper Last Rank


Date 4 April 1884 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waipara
Occupation Miner
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mr Maurice GENTLEMUN (father), Temuka, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Engineers, Tunnelling Company
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Reinforcements
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Post-war Occupations



Date 3 January 1946 Age 61 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 562
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Norman McIntosh was the son of Maurice McSheehy Gentlemun and Margaret née McIntosh. Maurice, his brother George and his sister Frances had all come from County Kerry, Ireland, to Temuka. William Gentlemun, a labourer of Washdyke, was successful in the Glenmark Settlement land ballot in June 1915, acquiring a rental section. Just over a year later, in September 1916, he enlisted at the Kaiapoi area headquarters. This resulted in his Glenmark leasehold, three miles from the Waipara Railway, School and Post Office, being advertised for sale. Sapper W. Gentlemun, No. 37616 of the New Zealand Engineers, was reported missing, as of 29 November 1917. William was reported a prisoner of war in Germany on 7 January 1918. Embarking at Tilbury on 12 March 1919 for the return home, he reached Lyttelton, New Zealand by the “Corinthic” in April 1919, one of 1142 soldiers aboard. arrangemnets were made at Temuka to give him and his comrades the usual welcome when they arrived on the express on 26 April. He joined a group which was accorded a welcome home in May. William married Barbara Jeanie Smart, a widow, on 5 December 1942 at Dunedin.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 November 2019]; Waimate Cemetery burial record [16 November 2019]; ref. Sun, 18 June 1915, Lyttelton Times, 16 September 1916, 7 October 1916, Oamaru Mail, 26 December 1917, 9 January 1918, Temuka Leader, 27 December 1917, 10 January 1918, 12 & 26 April 1919, Otago Daily Times, 1 April 1918, Timaru Herald, 12 April 1919, 16 May 1919, 19 June 1919 (Papers Past) [26 November 2013; 16 November 2019]

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