LYNE, William Reynolds
(Service number 49285)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 15 April 1898 Place of Birth Methven

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Mrs Tinnick, Medway Street, Gore
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience Railway Engineers
Marital Status Single; married 1919
Next of Kin Miss Florence Mona LYNE (sister), C/o Telephone Exchange, Post Office, Timaru; later Mrs D. H. LYNE (wife), 49 Carlyle Road, Romford
Religion Roman Catholic
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 28th Reinforcements, Specialists Company, Signal Section
Date 24 July 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
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

Railway employee


Date 23 February 1933 Age 34 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 45, Plot 187
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Reynolds Lyne was born on 15 April 1898 at Methven, the oldest son of Robert Reynolds and Florence Mary (née Prior) Lyne. Florence died in 1906 at Methven, leaving six young children. Coming in 1908 with their father to Claremont, William and his siblings transferred to Claremont School from Methven. William went on to Timaru Boys’ High School. His father, who had remarried in 1910, died suddenly at his Claremont residence in September 1911.

Employed as a clerk and residing at Gore, William named as next-of-kin his sister, Florence Mona Lyne, who worked in the telephone exchange at Timaru. He was already serving with the Railway Engineers. He was only just nineteen when he embarked for overseas. Shortly before returning to New Zealand, he married Dorothy Honorah Eltham at St Andrews, Romford, Essex.

Sergeant W. R. Lyne returned to New Zealand per the ‘Awarua’ and reached Timaru by the express from Christchurch on 18 November 1919. He and his comrades were accorded a hearty welcome. They were met at the station by members of the Timaru Reception Committee and conveyed to their homes by cars provided.

William Reynolds Lyne died on 22 February 1933 at Timaru, where his grave is marked by a services stone. His widow lived on till 1992. William and Dorothy had two daughters.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 December 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 December 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 December 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [30 December 2002]; Timaru Herald, 19 November 1919 (Papers Past) [December 2020]

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