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Full Name
William John Birdsall
Rank Last Held
Trooper
Forename(s)
William John
Surname
Birdsall
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
13/232
First Known Rank
Trooper
Next of Kin
J.B. Birdsall, Whangateau, Rodney, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Whangateau, New Zealand
Military District
Auckland
Body on Embarkation
Main Body
Embarkation Unit
Auckland Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date
16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation
Auckland, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Star of India or Waimana
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll
56
Last Unit Served
Auckland Mounted Rifles
Place of Death
Malta to Gallipoli
Date of Death
22 June 1915
Age at Death
20
Year of Death
1915
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Grave Reference
A. V. 5.
Memorial Name
Matakana War Memorial (King George war memorial statue), Matakana Wharf Reserve, Matakana Road, Matakana, New Zealand
Biographical Notes
  • William Birdsall was the son of John Bowden Birdsall and Isabel Birdsall.
  • William is commemorated on the Matakana District war memorial. The inscription reads: 'This monument was erected by public subscription as a thanksgiving to almighty God for peace and victory and in memory of the men of this district who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. Their Duty Nobly Done. December 1919'
  • His rank is recorded as Private on the memorial.
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
  • Matakana War Memorial, detail WW1 plaque (photo John Halpin 2011)
  • Matakana War Memorial, full view (photo John Halpin 2011)
Archives NZ source
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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