McQUARTERS, William Elliott
(Service number 78579)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 6 July 1897 Place of Birth Gisborne

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cave, Timaru
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. E. McQUARTERS (brother), Cave, Timaru
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 43rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles
Date 11 October 1918
Transport Moeraki
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 16 July 1960 Age 63 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Elliott McQuarters, known as Bill, was the second son of William Henry McQuarters and his wife, Edith née Elliott. He was educated at Waitoa, Opotiki, Waikanae and Kaitoki schoolsi. Bill farmed with his father and brother Joseph at Darling Downs, Cave. He was a farmer there when, late in 1917, he was selected by lot from the First Division and called up. His brother Joseph of Darling Downs, was his nominated next-of-kin. William (junior) married Ethel Alice Jessop in 1928. William's brother, Joseph Elliott McQuarters, also served in World WarI, and their father enlisted on 5 August 1918. William may be buried in the Ashburton Cemetery where his wife was laid to rest in 1987. Both William and Joseph signed up again for World War II.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 December 2019]; Timaru Herald, 4 December 1917 (Papers Past) [08 August 2015]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 December 2019]; School Admission records [21 December 2019]

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