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William Moore (Service Number 29046) enlisted for the First World War with a Peterborough Street address

William Moore was born on the 2nd of June 1879 at Addington, Christchurch. The second eldest son of ten children, his parents were Scottish-born Margaret Montgomery and William John Moore. His parents married in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire in 1872 and the Moore’s arrived in New Zealand prior to 1877.

A builder to trade William John senior, and his large family lived for many years on Peterborough Street. First at number 38 and later in a two storey, 7 roomed house at 189 Peterborough Street.

William was living at home on Peterborough Street and working as a tailor at the store Graham, Wilson and Smellie on High Street when war broke out.

Looking down High Street while cyclists cross the intersection of Colombo and Hereford Streets. Circa 1910 Christchurch City Libraries File Reference CCL Photo CD 1, IMG0002

He attested for service on 28th of June 1916, now aged 37, with the 3rd Canterbury Infantry Regmiment. 5ft 3 inches with light brown hair and eyes and a fresh complexion William left New Zealand in November 1916 for overseas service.

William marched into Sling Camp on the Salisbury Plains on 30th of January 1917. After 2 months training he was posted to 13th Company at Codford Camp and then depatched to France at the end of May.

By October 1917 William had become unwell. First with scabies, an itchy rash caused by parasitic mites. Scabies was caused by poor hygiene and spread by overcrowding and was extremely common during the First World War.

In November he was admitted to hospital in Rouen with inflammation of the connective tissue linked both to the scabies and general wear and strain from marching and ill-fitting boots. In December 1917 he had mild tonsillitis.

Now attached to the Base Depot at Etaples William appeared in front of the Travelling Medical Board in January 1918 and was classified “C” Class or unfit for active service and detached back to Torquay in England.

The New Zealand discharge depot at Torquay was a collection of 9 large villas some with extensive gardens. Here soldiers were expected to keep themselves busy either through gardening, being “loaned” to a local business or industry or through education. William was in Torquay for just under two months but was once again admitted to hospital and now diagnosed with hypertrophia, eye misalignment.

William left for New Zealand on the Athenic from Glasgow on the 1st of April 1918. He has served 1 year and 183 days overseas. He received his final discharge on the 13th of June 1918. He was rated no longer fit for active service due to his defective vision.

On the 30th of March 1920 William married Mary McNair nee Hutchinson at Knox's Church on Bealey Avenue. Mary was Irish born and a widow without children.

William and Mary lived for many years at 56 Medway Street in Richmond. William on his return to civilian life worked as a presser finishing off garments.

He died on the 8th of April 1950. Mary died in 1961.

 Related Resources

Online Cenotaph record for William Moore Auckland War Memorial Museum

William Moore's military personnel file, Archway, Archives New Zealand



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William Moore

First Names:William
Last Name:Moore
Place of Birth:Addington, Christchurch