RIPPINGALE, William Henry
(Service number 57144)

Aliases Archway has RIPPINGDALE
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 21 January 1880 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment "The Poplars", Culverden
Occupation Station hand
Previous Military Experience South African War
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Charles RIPPINGALE (father), Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, H Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Forestry employee


Date 24 September 1962 Age 82 years
Place of Death Hanmer Springs
Memorial or Cemetery Hanmer Springs Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Henry Rippingale, known as Bill, was born on 21 January 1880 at Waimate, the youngest of the six sons of Charles and Mary (née Woodhead) Rippingale. They had one sister. Bill and his brothers Jack and Joe all served in the South African War. Bill was a rabbiter and packman at “The Poplars”, Methven, when he was called up.

Draft 211 - the troopship “Briton” - with over a thousand men aboard including Private W. H. Rippingale, of Temuka, was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Private Rippingale, of Temuka, who could not get to Temuka on Thursday, 30 February 1919, for the reception for the returning men, arrived by the express the next day and was cordially welcomed by the chairman of the Temuka Patriotic Committee.

William Henry Rippingale died on 24 September 1962 at Hanmer Springs, aged 82 years. He is buried at Hanmer Springs Cemetery, along with brothers Jack and Joe.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [06 September 2002]; Hanmer Springs Cemetery headstone transcription [08 September 2020]; Temuka Leader, 25 January 1919, 1 February 1919 (Papers Past) [22 August 2020]

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