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Full Name: William Munro Duncan
Rank Last Held: Lieutenant
Forename(s): William Munro
Surname: Duncan
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 3/667
Date of Birth: 20 July 1893
Place of Birth: Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Sergeant
Occupation before Enlistment: Shorthand Typist for the New Zealand Government Railways Department
Next of Kin: G. Duncan (father), 160 Hutt Road, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 160 Hutt Road, Petone, New Zealand
Enlistment Date: 19 May 1915
Age on Enlistment: 21
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: 5th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: No. 2 New Zealand Stationary Hospital
Embarkation Date: 13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 24
Vessel: Maunganui
Destination: Suez, Egypt (24 July - 6 August 1915)
Page on Nominal Roll: 203
Military Awards: Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Medical Corps
Place of Death: No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England
Date of Death: 15 July 1918
Age at Death: 25
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Died of disease
Cemetery Name: Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England
Grave Reference: A. 4. 18.
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of George and Alexanderina Duncan, of Glen Urquhart, Inverness, Scotland.
  • William Duncan was promoted to Warrant Officer, Class 1 on 15 September 1915, after arrival in Egypt. He spent the next nine months working at the New Zealand Auxiliary Hospital at Moascar and the NZGH at Cairo. (Church, p. 76)
  • In June 1916 he was posted to England and left Alexandria on board the Dover Castle bound for Southampton. By June he was staff at No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst. (Church, p. 77)
  • "On 29 may William Duncan left for France for duties in the Field at Messines. He received a second accolade on 7 August when he was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for war 'for valuable services rendered in connection with the War.'"(Church, p. 77)
  • William Duncan contracted influenza, which developed into tubercular meningitis, and was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley where he he died.
  • The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains a war memoir by Raymond Danvers Baker that contains a possible mention of William Duncan. [Ref. MS 2010/20]
Description of Image: NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
  • Photograph of Lt. Duncan appeared in the Auckland Weekly News, 29 August 1918, p. 42.
  • Baker, Raymond Danvers. Memoir and papers relating to war service, 1912 - 1968. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2010/20.
  • No 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Lymington, Hampshire: The author.
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