COLTMAN, William Hall Denley
(Service number 12/1025)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 24 February 1892 Place of Birth Waimate, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Devonport, Auckland
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William COLTMAN (father), Queen Street, Auckland
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Auckland Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Star of India or Waimana
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Machine Gun Corps

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

Insurance manager


Date 14 January 1946 Age 53 years
Place of Death Hamilton
Memorial or Cemetery Hamilton East Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 10, Row A
New Zealand Memorials Oddfellows, Devonport, roll of Honour (held in Auckland Museum); St David's Church, Grafton, Auckland

Biographical Notes

William Hall Denley Coltman was the second son of William Coltman and his second wife, Mary Jane née Russell. William Coltman, senior, was Lieutenant of Waimate Rifle Volunteers in 1894. Young William was educated at Waimate and Temuka schools before the family moved north. He married Gladys Mary Wyatt on 11 June 1918 at Barkby, Leicestershire. William and Gladys had one son before they divorced. In 1932 William married Susan Eunice Aitchison. The names William Coltman and Cyril Coltman are recorded on the Waimate Knox Church Sunday School roll of honour, which was unveiled on 26 March 1916. Late in 1915 the "time had come to set down in order the names of ex-pupils of the Waimate Presbyterian Sunday School who had become soldiers of the Empire in the great fight for home and justice." William's brother Cyril Warren Coltman was killed in action in 1916 in France.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 February 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 February 2020]; Hamilton East Cemetery headstone transcription [07 February 2020]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 27 March 1916 (Papers Past) [03 February 2020]

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