OLIVER, William Henry
(Service number 10/493)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 5 May 1890 Place of Birth St Columb, Cornwall, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Mrs Everitt, Feilding
Occupation Timber classer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. OLIVER, Fraddon, Cornwall, England
Religion Methodist
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 Wellington Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Arawa or Limerick
Embarked From Destination
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

Timber classer


Date 26 September 1967 Age 77 years
Place of Death Dannevirke Hospital
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Crematorium, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Henry Oliver was the son of John and Annie Nancy (née Trebilock) Oliver, of Cornwall, England. William married Ethel Amelia Hosking in 1917 at Truro, Cornwall. One of their sons, William Hosking Oliver, led the development of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

It appears that William had spent time in the Timaru area. A number of Methodists from Cornwall seemed to gravitate to Timaru in the early 1900s. The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of William Henry Oliver.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; Kelvin Grove Crematorium record (Palmerston North District Council [01 April 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 March 2020]

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