McQUARTERS, William Henry
(Service number 66713)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 31 January 1862 Place of Birth Manchester, Lancashire, England

Enlistment Information

Date 5 August 1918 Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Mawhinney, Govmt. Bldgs., Wellington. Of Darling Downs, Cave, South Canterbury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve
Marital Status Married. Four children named, seven others.
Next of Kin Mrs E. J. McQUARTERS (wife), Waitoa, Thames Valley
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Army
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Permanent Quartermasters' Staff
Embarked From Destination
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Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 6 August 1928 Age 66 year
Place of Death Waitoa
Notices New Zealand Herald, 7 August 1928
Memorial or Cemetery Te Aroha Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Henry McQuarters was the first-born of the six children of Joseph and Jane (née Hamilton) McQuarters. He was baptized on 16 February 1862 at St Mary, St Denys and St George, Manchester. William was at home with his family at Manchester in 1871. His mother died on 8 January 1875. Twenty-one year old William was issued his Masters and Mates certificate on 8 December 1883 at Liverpool. William married Edith Florence Elliot in 1888 in New Zealand, and had a family, including his two sons who served in both World War I and World War II. William (senior) farmed with these two sons at Darling Downs, Cave. There too, was William's elderly father, Joseph McQuarters. Edith died in 1899 and William afterwards had more children with Elizabeth Jennings Bradford. William's home at enlistment (5 August 1918) was Darling Downs, Cave, South Canterbury. Named in his file are Ruby years born at Waitoa, Jack 9 years born at Wanganui, Elizabeth 13 years born at Wanganui, and Timi Kara 15 years born at Wanganui, also 7 other children over 16.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 December 2019]; Te Aroha Cemetery headstone transcription [22 December 2019]; 1871 census return for England ( [28 December 2019]; Manchester Baptism record ( [28 December 2019]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [21 December 2019]; NZ Herald, 7 August 1928 (Papers Past) [29 December 2019]

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