CREBA, Charles William
(Service number 62927)

Aliases Enlisted as William Charles CREBA
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 4 November 1888 Place of Birth Waikaia

Enlistment Information

Date 18 July 1917 Age 28 years
Address at Enlistment Timaru Road, Waimate
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience Volunteers - discharged
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Charles CREBA (father), Waimate
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 19 February 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 July 1967 Age 78 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Press, 26 July 1967
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles William Creba was born on 4 November 1888 at Waikaia, the eldest son of Charles and Ellen (née Attewell) Creba. Charles arrived in New Zealand from England in 1875 and married Ellen in 1880 at Waimate. They then lived at Waikaia, Southland, until 1898 when the family moved to Waimate. Young Charles started at Waikaia School at the age of five. In 1900 C. Creba received a Standard V Boys prize at Waimate District High School. He and others of his brothers followed their father into blacksmithing.

William Charles Creba, farrier, Timaru Road, Waimate, whose name was drawn in the Ninth Ballot, which was officially published in a gazette of 4 July 1917, was called up. His brother Edward George Creba had been in the Eighth Ballot just a month before. Charles enlisted, as William Charles Creba, on 18 July 1917 at Timaru. A blacksmith for his father, of Church of England affiliation and single, he was residing at home on Timaru Road, Waimate. His nominated next-of-kin was his father – Charles Creba, Waimate. He had served with the Volunteers and been discharged. Private W. C. Creba embarked at Wellington for Liverpool, England, on 21 November 1917 by the “Maunganui”. The name of Private W. C. Creba (Waimate) appeared in an official hospital report published in the Timaru Herald of 16 February 1918, his not being a severe case. He was reported wounded between 28 September and 3 October 1918.

He returned to New Zealand per the “Ruahine” (Draft 205), leaving from London on 8 December 1918 and arriving on 21 January 1919. Private Creba was due at Waimate by the express on 22 January. He was discharged on 19 February 1919, being no longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action. He had suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. For his service in Western Europe he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Charles William Creba spent the remainder of his life at the family residence on Timaru Road, it appears, two brothers and a sister living with him. He died on 25 July 1967 at Timaru, aged 78 years – “dearly beloved son of the late Charles and Ellen Creba, late of Timaru road, Waimate”. After a service at St Augustine’s Church, Waimate, he was buried in the Returned Servicemen’s section of Waimate Lawn Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 October 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 October 2022]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery Headstone transcription [24 October 2022]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery Headstone image (Find A Grave) [24 October 2022]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [25 October 2022]; Timaru Herald, 17 December 1900, 7 June 1917, 4 July 1917, 16 February 1918, 15 October 1918, Star, 11 January 1919, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 14 & 21 January 1919, Press, 26 July 1967 (Papers Past) [11, 24 & 25 October 2022]

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