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Full Name: William Donkin
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): William
Surname: Donkin
War: South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.: 8281
Gender: Male
Religion: Church of England
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Driver
Next of Kin: Mrs Alice Donkin (mother), Thames, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Physical Description:
  • Height: 5 foot 7.65 inches
  • Weight: 10 stone 10 pounds
Enlistment Date: 4 April 1901
Age on Enlistment: 23
Body on Embarkation: 7th Contingent
Embarkation Unit: 7th New Zealand Mounted Rifles. 28 Company. Nelson Section
Embarkation Date: 6 April 1901
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Gulf of Taranto
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Last Unit Served: 7th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Bankhoek Farm
Date of Death: 1 June 1901
Year of Death: 1901
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • South Africa War Memorial, Victoria Park, Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand
Description of Image:
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 7th Contingent - Irregular Forces, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Military Service Record
  • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war. (6th ed.) Hamilton, N.Z.: The Author.
Previous Military Experience: Auckland Engineers, 8 months
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