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Full Name: Samuel Charles Gower Downard
Rank Last Held: Corporal
Forename(s): Samuel Charles Gower
Surname: Downard
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 10/2826
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Corporal
Next of Kin: Mrs Agnes Downard (wife), Standen Street, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Standen Street, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: 7th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Wellington Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date: 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 196
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 23 July 1916
Age at Death: 31
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France
Grave Reference: I. E. 4.
Biographical Notes: Son of Samuel William and Harriett Downard; husband of Agnes Downard, of Standen St., Karori, Wellington
Description of Image: Headstone, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, France (photo B.G. Knights, 2009)
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:
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