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Full Name: Amos William Godsell
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Amos William
Surname: Godsell
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 1/279
Gender: Male
First Known Rank:
  • Private
  • Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment:
  • Unknown occupation
  • Clerk
Next of Kin:
  • Miss E.M. Godsell, care of Mr McKeown, 16 Pitarua Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mrs Katherine McKeowen (sister), 50 Ohiro Road, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Unknown marital status
Enlistment Address:
  • 210 Tinakori Road, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Unknown address
Military District:
  • Wellington
  • Unknown military district
Body on Embarkation:
  • Samoan Advance Party
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit:
  • 5th (Wellington) Regiment
  • 17th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Embarkation Date:
  • 15 August 1914
  • 27 September 1916
Place of Embarkation:
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Moeraki or Monowai
  • Pakeha
  • Apia, Samoa
  • Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Footnotes: Ex Samoan Advance.
Nominal Roll Number:
  • Vol1
  • 41
Page on Nominal Roll:
  • 268
  • 8
  • Samoa
  • Messines
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: Belgium
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age at Death: 20
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Biographical Notes: Amos Godsell was the son of the late John and Margaret Godsell, of Kakahu, South Canterbury, New Zealand. Native of Auckland. Also served at Samoa.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917
Additional Information: New Zealand at the Front ( a magazine written and published and illustrated in France by men of the New Zealand Division) 1917 issue, page141.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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