Topic: William Samuel Bussell

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William Samuel Bussell (32415)was a First World War soldier with links to Marshland.


William Bussell was born on February 19th 1887. He was originally from the UK but not much is known about his early years. He was the son of Hester and William Bussell.

He was a single man, short in stature, fresh complexion, blue eyes and black hair. He had a scar on his left cheek and a tattoo on his left forearm. He worked as a blacksmith at Christchurch Gas Company.

He enlisted, voluntarily, on July 24,  1916. He was killed in the field in either France or Belgium.

He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated at the Messines Ridge(NZ) Memorial.

His name is commemorated on the Marshland Memorial Gates.


Sources used:

William Samuel Bussell’s record, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Samuel Bussell’s record, Cenotaph Auckland War Memorial Museum

William Samuel Bussell’s Record, Archives New Zealand

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William Samuel Bussell

First Names:William Samuel
Last Name:Bussell