WILLETTS, Edwin Percy
(Service number 6/4173)

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Date 31 March 1895 Place of Birth Papakaio

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Parsonage Road, Waimate
Occupation Draper
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs C. WILLETTS (mother), Parsonage Road, Waimate
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 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 July 1959 Age 64 years
Place of Death Oamaru
Memorial or Cemetery Oamaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 502, Plot 8
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edwin Percy Willetts was the third son of Charles Obed and Christina Clark (née Cottrell) Willetts. He was educated at Papakaio and Oamaru North schools. Embarking at Tilbury on 12 March 1919 for the return home, Edwin reached Lyttelton, New Zealand by the “Corinthic” in April 1919, one of 1142 soldiers aboard. He married Veda Elsie Alice Melton in 1921. His older brothers, Albert John Willetts and Arthur Henry Willetts, both served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 November 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 November 2019]; School Admission records [16 November 2019]; Oamaru Cemetery burial records (Waitak District Council) [15 November 2019]; Timaru Herald, 12 April 1919 (Papers Past) [26 November 2013]

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