COULBECK, William John
(Service number 68516)

First Rank Private Last Rank Rifleman


Date 30 May 1886 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 12 September 1917 Age 31 years
Address at Enlistment Rhodes Street, Waimate
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Charlotte COULBECK (mother), Rhodes Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
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 35th Reinforcements, D Company
Date 2 March 1918
Transport tofua
Embarked From Destination Southampton, Hampshire, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZRB

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Date 5 September 1963 Age 77 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area S 1C, Plot 140
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William John Coulbeck, whose birth was registered as John William Coulbeck, was born on 30 March 1886 at Waimate, the eldest son of John and Charlotte (née Glover) Coulbeck. A painter and single he was living at home with his widowed mother when he enlisted on 12 September 1917 at Timaru. He stated that two people were dependent on him – his mother and a sister. His father had died in June 1904 and was buried at Waimate.

Private W. J. Coulbeck embarked with the 35th Reinforcements for Southampton, England, on 2 March 1918 by the “Tofua”. W. J. Coulbeck, of Waimate, was one of more than 800 men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” in August 1919.

William John Coulbeck married Bessie Eustace Croshaw in 1923. He died on 5 September 1963 at Christchurch and was interred in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery. His brother Wesley Coulbeck also served with the New Zealand Forces, and another brother, Albert Avery Coulbeck, enlisted.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 May 2021]; Ruru Cemetery headstone transcription [24 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]

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