L/Cpl
William Whitehouse Blair

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
27/06/1875
Lieu de naissance:
Taieri, Otago, New Zealand

Informations générales

Profession:
Storeman

Informations service militaire

Pays:
New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Lance Corporal
Numéro de service:
15865
Incorporation date:
06/04/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Unités:
 —  New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
24/11/1917
Lieu de décès:
Reutel, Beselare, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
42

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: II
Rangée: C
Tombe: 6

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#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

William Whitehouse Blair was born in 1875 in Taieri, Otago, New Zealand. He was the son of Robert and Ann Blair. William worked as a storeman, before he enlisted in April 1916.

William served in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion. He was appointed Lance Corporal in October 1917. After the Battle of Passchendaele, in the night of the 19th and 20th November 1917 the 2nd and 3rd Battalions relieved the 1st and 4th Battalions in the frontline at the hamlet of Reutel. The brigade’s headquarters were established in the old German tunnels beneath the Butte in Polygon Wood.

On the 20th of November headquarters were heavily shelled. German snipers were very troublesome and in the following days a sharpshooter battle ensued between the Germans and the New Zealanders. William Whitehouse Blair was killed on 24 November 1917. Two days before his Battalion was relieved from the line,. He was buried near the Butte. William, 42, was one of the 41 casualties of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in November 1917.

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Auckland Cenotaph
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C1262?n=15865&w=World%20War%20I%2C%201914-1918&ordinal=0&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/
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NZEF-Project
https://nzef.adfa.edu.au/
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The Long Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
Sources utilisées
W.S. Austin. The official history of the NZ Rifle Brigade East-Sussex: (The Earl of Liverpool's Own).The Naval & Military Press Ltd., 2007, pp 251-255.
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