DRUMMOND, William Stewart
(Service number 74424)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 10 March 1898 Place of Birth Mosgiel

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 52 Raymond Street, Timaru
Occupation Telegraph Cadet
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs E. L. DRUMMOND (wife), care of J. STEWART, Crookston, Otago; for a time, at Church Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 43rd Reinforcements, F Company
Date 17 August 1918
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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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


Date 29 March 1982 Age 84 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru.
Memorial Reference Salisbury Park Crematorium Garden No. 6
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Stewart Drummond, known as Willie, was born on 10 March 1898 at Mosgiel, the younger son of George William and Jane Brown (née Stewart) Drummond. His father died in 1900, leaving Jane with two little sons. Willie started at Mosgiel School, moving to Timaru Main after seven months. Late in 1907 Willie and his brother George entered Gisborne Upper Central School and at the beginning of the 1908 school year Whatatutu School in the Gisborne district. William married Elsie Laura Packman on 3 December 1917 at Chalmers Church, Timaru. He was a telegraph cadet living at home with his mother in Timaru when he enlisted, naming his wife as next-of-kin. W. S. Drummond was in quite a large draft of men who went into camp at the beginning of March 1918 as South Canterbury’s quota for the 39th Reinforcements. Before leaving the men were given a brief farewell at the Drill Shed. His older brother, George Drummond, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 August 2020]; School Admission records [04 August 2020]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record & headstone image [04 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 2 March 1918 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016]

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