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Full Name: Walter Charles Harper
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): Walter Charles
Surname: Harper
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 14808
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs J. Howie (mother), Ormond, Poverty Bay, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: 5th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company
Embarkation Date: 26 June 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti
Destination: Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Number: 34
Page on Nominal Roll: 37
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, 3rd
Place of Death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 12 October 1917
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference: XXVIII. C. 13.
Biographical Notes: Walter Harper was the son of Helen Howie (formerly Harper), of Ormond, Gisborne, New Zealand; and the late James Harper.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917
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  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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