MANGIN, William Francis
(Service number 24/501)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank 2nd Lieutenant


Date 25 November 1891 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 28 April 1915 Age 23 years
Address at Enlistment Rototawai, Featherston
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin R. MANGIN (father), Rototawai, Featherston
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship B Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 14 August 1966 Age 74 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Francis Mangin was born on 25 November 1891 at Timaru, the eldest son of Robert and Agnes (née Hay). His mother may well have come back to Timaru from mid-Canterbury for the births of her three sons. He was educated at Selwyn School until the family moved to the North Island in 1900 when he transferred to Onga Onga School. In 1914 William was a painter at Timaru, relocating to his parents’ home at Rototawai, Featherston, and woring as a ploughman prior to enlistment.

Enlisting on 28 April 1915 at Trentham, William Francis Mangin named his father as next-of-kin – R. Mangin, Rototawai, Featherston. Sergeant W. F. Mangin embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving Wellington for Suez, Egypt on 9 October 1915 per the “Tahiti”. His brother Orton departed by the same embarkation.

William married Jessie Preston Johnston in 1920. They lived in Wellington and William returned to his painting trade. After Jessie died in 1957 at Wellington, William retired to Christchurch where he died on 14 August 1966, aged 74 years.

Both his brothers, Orten Avena Mangin and George Stanley Mangin, served in World War One; as did several cousins – John Thomas Mangin, who was killed in action in 1918 in France, Harold Leslie Mangin, Reginald James Leslie Duff and George Leslie Duff; and others connected to the family - Arnold Haswell Cartwright, George Albert Cartwright.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 November 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs); School Admission records [04 December 2021]; Karori Crematorium record (Wellington City Council) [04 December 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls (,au) [05 December 2021]

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