(Service number 55429)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 June 1896 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 16 March 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment No 7 N.M. & A. Coy, Waimate
Occupation Salesman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs C. COULBECK (mother), 9 Rhodes Street, Waimate
Religion Methodist
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, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment, NZRB

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Date 22 June 1977 Age 81 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 39, Plot 231
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Wesley Coulbeck was born on 6 June 1896 at Waimate, a son of Jane but broght up by his grandparents, John and Charlotte (née Glover) Coulbeck, as their child. A salesman and single he gave his address as at his employer’s and named his widowed mother as his next-of-kin when he enlisted on 16 March 1917. His father had died in June 1904 and was buried at Waimate.

Private Wesley Coulbeck embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 28th Reinforcements for Plymouth, England, on 26 July 1917 by the “Ulimaroa”.

Wesley married Florence Ruby Hadler in 1921. He died on 22 June 1972 at Christchurch and was interred in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery with Florence. His brother William John Coulbeck also served with the New Zealand Forces, and another brother, Albert Avery Coulbeck, enlisted.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 May 2021]; Ruru Cemetery headstone transcription [24 May 2021]

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