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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: Military personnel file
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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