CARPENTER, William George
(Service number 76174)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 17 November 1895 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date (1) 15 July 1915; (2) 12 September 191 Age (1) 19 years 8 months; (2) 21 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment (1) C/o George Carpenter, Draper, Timaru; (2) King Street, Timaru
Occupation (1) Drapers assistant; (2) Draper
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status (1) Single; (2) Married. One child
Next of Kin (1) George CARPENTER (father), Timaru; (2) Mrs Helen Cecilia CARPENTER (wife), King Street, Timaru
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Eyes dark brown. Hair dark brown. Tattoo W G C back of left forearm.

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Date 31 August 1959 Age 63 years
Place of Death Napier
Memorial or Cemetery Wharerangi Cemetery
Memorial Reference Section 27, Plot 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William George Carpenter was born on 17 November 1895 at Dunedin, the younger son of George and Amy (née Brinn) Carpenter. He was educated privately and at various schools, including Kaikorai in Dunedin, Tasman St in Nelson, Central Nelson, and Brooklyn in Wellington. Private W. G. Carpenter had passed the medical examination and left for Palmerston North on 14 July 1915. But he was underage. In 1915 he married Helen Cecilia Lyons. The following year, both William and his older brother, Thomas Brinn Carpenter, were listed on the South Canterbury Reserves Roll – William a warehouseman at Temuka and Thomas a draper in Timaru. And in 1917 William again enlisted.

He died on 31 August 1959, aged 63 years, and was buried in Wharerangi Cemetery in the Napier district.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 July 2002]; Timaru Herald, 14 July 1915 (Papers Past) [19 July 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 July 2020]; School Admission records [23 July 2020]; 22 July 2020]; Wharerangi Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Napier City Council) [23 July 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [23 July 2020]

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