Topic: Alfred William Iggulden

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Alfred William Iggulden
Date of Birth: 28 July 1890
Serial number: 11/296
Occupation before enlistment:
First known rank: Trooper
Embarkation date: 16 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: Main body
Embarkation unit: Wellington mounted rifles
Last unit served: Wellington mounted rifles
Rank last held: Trooper
Place of death: Hill 60, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 27 August 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name:  Hill 60 (N.Z.) Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

Biographical notes:
On 27 September 1897 Alfred, along with his sister Edith, were registered for admission to Masterton Central School.

Alfred was a member of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Football team, this is the team that played the Australian Light Horse and beat them - they were unbeaten in Egypt. Alfred was also runner-up for the NZ Boxing Championship.

Zeitoun Camp is where Alfred Iggulden was posted during training in Egypt.                                                                    

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 22 September 1915 in the Roll of Honour column: heroes of Gallipoli "Trooper A. Iggulden killed. The fighting at the Dardanelles has claimed another Masterton hero, word reaching Masterton to-day that Trooper Alf Iggulden, of the Wellington Mounted Rifles, had been killed in action. The deceased, who joined the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was a son of Mr and Mrs W. Iggulden, of Masterton. He was a splendid stamp of a soldier, being tall and well built. He was a noted athlete, and one of the finest boxers in the North Island. In Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa he won several important matches. When the colonial troops were in Egypt a championship boxing tournament was held, and the final in the heavy-weight division was between the late Sergeant "Tas" Smith (also killed in action) and Trooper Iggulden, the former winning after an exceptionally good "go." The deceased was also a splendid footballer, and was a member of the New Zealand team which played New South Wales in Egypt several months ago.
The deceased saw much heavy fighting at the Dardanelles. He was in that section of men who were cut off by the Turks in the early part of the campaign, and who for many hours put up a magnificent fight against overwhelming odds. He was one of the twelve men who escaped from this death-trap. The deceased was a fine fellow and very popular with all classes of the community. Of a bright and cheery nature, his death will be deeply regretted by his hosts of friends in Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay. To Mr and Mrs Iggulden and family will be extended deep sympathy in their sad bereavement."

Student researcher: Mieke Heyns

 

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