MAURICE, William
(Service number 32870)

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Date 2 June 1884 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment George Street, Oamaru
Occupation Engineer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs John S. GLOVER (sister), George Street, Oamaru; later Island Stream, Maheno
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 19th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Liberation Date


Date 8 May 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service (Effects of Gas & Otitis).

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Post-war Occupations


Date 13 April 1956 Age 71 years
Place of Death Oamaru
Memorial or Cemetery Oamaru Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 217, Plot 6
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Maurice was born on 2 June 1884 at Timaru, the elder son of Alexander William and Mary (née Dore) Maurice. His father who was born in France died in September 1897 at Oamaru. His mother remarried in 1907 and died in 1916. William was educated at Oamaru Middle School, and spent his last few months at Oamaru North School. He received a second class Attendnace Certificate in 1891 at the Middle School. In 1893 William received a prize in the Junior Division of the Emmanuel Sunday School.

William Maurice was an engineer, residing at Oamaru, when he enlisted. His next-of-kin was his sister May, Mrs John S. Glover. May’s husband, John Smith Glover, was killed in action in France in 1918. In 1919 William married Clarice Evelyn Hope Grenfell. His younger brother, Leonard, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 September 2020]; School Admission record (Oamaru Branch NZSG) [29 September 2020]; Oamaru Cemetery burial record (Waitaki District Council) [29 September 2020]; North Otago Times, 18 December 1891, Oamaru Mail, 23 January 1893 (Papers Past) [29 September 2020]

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