New Zealand WW1 Duo to 70397 Pte. W. H. Kent N.Z.E.F. - A.I.R.
A full size, WW1 duo to 70397 Private William Henry Kent of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
William was a Telegraphist for the NZ Governments Post & Telegraph Department. He lists a Schofield St, Auckland address for both himself and his next of kin (his wife). William was born in England.
He started his service on the 18th of Oct 1917 as part of E Coy, 34th Reinforcements.
Transferred to C Coy, 35th Reinforcements on the 25th of Jan 1918.
Left New Zealand (Wellington) on the 2nd of March 1918.
Disembarked at Suez on the 8th of April 1918.
Marched in to Australian Camp on the same day.
Left Suez on the 30th of April 1918.
Disembarked at Southampton (England) on the 15th of May 1918.
Marched into Durrington Camp Wiltshire, England on the same day.
Admitted to Military Hospital Fargo (on the Salisbury Plains) on the 6th of June 1918 with Influenza.
Transferred same day to Sling Camp and attached to the Auckland Infantry Regiment.
Discharged from Hospital on the 13th of July to Sling Camp and joined the 3rd Reserve Battalion of the Auckland Infantry Regiment.
Embarked for France on the 4th of Nov 1918.
Marched in to NZ General Base Depo Etaples on the 6th of Nov 1918.
Marched out to join NZ Division and the Auckland Regiment on the 8th of Nov 1918.
Joined unit in the field on the 10th of Nov 1918.
To Hospital sick on the 7th of Dec 1918.
Admitted to NZ Field Ambulance same day with Scabies.
Admitted to No. 20 Causality Clearance Station same day.
Admitted to No. 25 General Hospital on the 11th of Dec 1918.
Marched to Base Depo Etaples on the 23rd of Dec 1918.
Attached to No.2 NZ (Area) Employment Company on the 1st of Jan 1919.
Detached to the UK on the 26th of March 1919.
Attached to Larkhill Camp on the 3rd of April 1919.
Embarked at London for return to NZ on the 3rd of July 1919.
Disembarked at Auckland on the 20th of Aug 1919.
Discharged from the NZ Army on the 17th of Sept 1919 on termination of hostilities.
William states that he was also a member of the Taranaki Guards at some stage prior to WW1.
This is William's full entitlement, and both medals are in good, uncleaned condition, with lengths of ribbon attached.
Williams WW1 service file can be viewed here, on-line: