Sapper

William Ainslie

Conflict: 
WW1
References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES

Biographical Notes:

For clarity on the contribution - William had enlisted with the NZ Engineers Tunneling Company and trained in Auckland (Avondale) before leaving for the UK and further training at Falmouth and with the Army Mining School in France.

 

Public Contributions:

William Ainslie's N.Z. unit arrived in Plymouth, England on the 3/2/1916 and then trained in Falmouth, England until being sent to the battlefields in France on the 9/3/1916. On the 24/6/1916 William... Read More
William Ainslie's N.Z. unit arrived in Plymouth, England on the 3/2/1916 and then trained in Falmouth, England until being sent to the battlefields in France on the 9/3/1916. On the 24/6/1916 William Ainslie was given permission to leave Arras in France to go back to England to marry Bessie Gwendoline Townsend Johns. They were married on the 1/7/1916. He returned to France on the 6/7/1916. William in February 1917 trained with the 3rd Army Mine School. He was wounded near Basseville (La Basse Ville), Belgium, on the 15th of August, 1917. He was wounded in his back with the consequence of paraplegia. He was sent to No. 1 New Zealand General Hospital in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. His wife, Bessie, stayed in Brockenhurst while he was being looked after there. He died of his wounds on the 22/9/1917. He was then buried in the Brockenhurst St Nicholas Churchyard Cemetery.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
4/1323
Name:
William Ainslie
Rank: 
Sapper
Date of Birth:
29 July 1880
Next of Kin: 
Mrs A. Ainslie (mother), Black River, North-west Coast, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
Mokai, New Zealand
Unit:
New Zealand Engineers

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Died of wounds
Date of Death:
22 September 1917
Day of Death:
Saturday
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Tunnelling Company
Embarkment Date:
18 December 1915
Transport:
Ruapehu 18 December 1915
Vessel:
Ruapehu
Destination:
Plymouth, England

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
A. 1. 2.
Cemetery Location: 
United Kingdom
William Ainslie
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