Topic: William John Redmond

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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: William John Redmond

Date of Birth: 1895
Serial number: 12330
Occupation before enlistment: Farmhand
First known rank: Sergeant
Embarkation date: 6 May 1916
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation unit: 6th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company
Last unit served: Wellington Infantry Regiment
Rank last held: Lance Corporal
Place of death: Belgium
Date of Death: 9 June 1917
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Cemetery name: Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery

Biographical notes:

William was a member of the Wairarapa Rugby Football team. In 1914 they played Taranaki (Ranfurly Shield) on 13 August at Stratford and William made a try.

1895 - 1897 William's father was a proprieter of Queens Hotel, Masterton along with Annie Whelan. In the Wairarapa Daily Times, 7 March 1895 "Queens Hotel, Masterton. W. Redmond (late of Pahiatua) and A. Whelan (late of Kumara), proprieters. The new proprieters beg to inform the residents of Wairarapa and the public generally that since taking possession of the above hotel they have thoroughly renovated and re-furnished the house throughout, and are now in the position to offer all the comforts of a first-class house. Only the best brands of liquors kept. N.B. - On Lowes and Iorn's sale days lunch will be on the table at 11a.m. All meals and beds, one shilling ; or 4/- per day."  When William enlisted his father was at the Club Hotel, Belvedere Rd, Carterton.


Under 'Personal items' in Wairarapa Daily Times, 18 June 1917 "Sergeant W. J. Redmond, son of Mr W. Redmond, of Carterton, died of wounds on June 9th. The deceased who was twenty years of age, was a well-known footballer. He played for the Carterton Club, and had represented Wairarapa several times on the football field."

Student researcher: Rachael Liardet-Smith




William John Redmond

First Names:William John
Last Name:Redmond