HOOPER, William Richard
(Service number 24169)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Private


Date 2 July 1894 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 208 Waltham Road, Christchurch
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience "B" Company, 2nd Regiment (Territorials)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs G. WALTERS (sister), 15 Allnutt Street, Temuka
Religion Church of England
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 13th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Machine Gun Corps

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 November 1952 Age 58 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1A, Plot 347
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Richard Hooper was born on 2 July 1894 at Temuka, the fourth son of Thomas Francis andMary (née Chapman) Hooper. He and his siblings were educated at Temuka School, William being enrolled at first before he was of school age. Mr Hooper died in 1914. William named his sister Kate - Mrs G. Walters, of Temuka - as his next-of-kin. Kate’s husband had embarked for the Front in 1914. It was William’s mother who received advice in September 1918 that Private W. R.Hooper had been admitted to a hospital in England on 28th August, suffering from phthisis. His brother, Guy Francis Hooper, enlisted for service.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 October 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [24 October 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [24 October 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [25 October 2020]; Temuka Leader, 5 September 1918 (Papers Past) [24 October 2020]

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