TIFFEN, William Arthur Ernest
(Service number 38995)

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Date 20 December 1895 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Makikihi
Occupation Chaff-cutter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Gladys Victoria TIFFEN (wife), care of Mrs MILNE, Hunter, Makikihi; later of Norton Reserve, Waimate
Religion Church of England
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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 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 22 December 1949 Age 53 years
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 674
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Arthur Ernest Tiffen, who was born on 30 December 1895 at Makikihi, was the son of James and Martha (née Tregenza) Tiffen. His first year of schooling was at Waimataitai, followed by Makikihi and Otaio schools. William married Gladys Victoria Joyce at Waimate on 3 January 1917, just six weeks before he left for the Front.

Casualty List No. 702, issued in late October 1917, named several South Canterbury men who had been wounded, among them William A. E. Tiffen, of Makikihi. Gladys and William both died in 1949 within six months of each other.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 June 2020]; (NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 June 2020]); School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [19 June 2020]; Waimate Cemetery record [19 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 30 October 1917 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016]

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