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Full Name: William Andrew Alexander
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): William Andrew
Surname: Alexander
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 10/205
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: Green Island, Otago, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Private
Next of Kin: D. Alexander (father), Gore, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: C/o Mrs Diamond, Albert Street, Dannevirke, New Zealand
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: Main Body
Embarkation Unit: Wellington Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date: 16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Limerick or Arawa
Destination: Suez,Egypt (3 December 1914)
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 9
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Malta ex Gallipoli
Date of Death: 23 August 1915
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Grave Reference: A. X. 4
Biographical Notes:
  • Private Alexander was the son of David and Martha Alexander, of West Gore, New Zealand.
  • He attended Gore School, Southland High School and Otago University where he graduated with a MSc with honours in geology and physics.
  • Private Alexander was wounded in action during the August Offensive. He was evacuated off Gallipoli to Malta where he died of his wounds.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References: Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli: the New Zealanders' story. Auckland, N.Z., David Bateman.
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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