GRANGER, William George
(Service number 32323)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 12 February 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cross Street, Waimataitai, Timaru
Occupation Carpenter (Timaru Borough Council)
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. L. GRANGER (mother), Cross Street, Waimataitai, Timaru
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 Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Factory hand


Date 28 January 1966 Age 69 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Crematorium, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William George Granger was born on 12 February 1896 at Timaru, the third son of Joseph Loader and Mary Louisa (née Ryan) Granger. He was baptised on 23 March 1896 at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru. Rifleman W. G. Granger embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade of the 10th Reinforcements at Wellington for England on 15 November 1916. He returned to New Zealand in March 1918. The South Canterbury men came from Lyttelton by special train expected mid afternoon on the 19th March.

William married Ruby Eliza Jane Vallance in 1925 at St Mary’s, Timaru. They had three sons and a daughter born at Timaru. William and Ruby seem to have gone their separate ways, perhaps in the 1940s, William living at Bunnythorpe. He died on 28 January 1966, aged 69 years and was cremated at Kelvin Grove Crematorium, Palmerston North. Ruby died in 1992 and was cremated at Salisbury Park.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [10 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 January 2021]; St Mary’s Timaru baptism record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG transcription) [16 January 2021]; Kelvin Grove Cremation record (Palmerston North City Council) [16 January 2021]; Timaru Herald, 18 March 1918 (Papers Past) [09 April 2015]

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