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William Joseph Bellamy (Service no. 24/1255) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton

William Joseph Bellamy William Bellamy was born on February 23rd (although February 28th according to Births Deaths and Marriages) 1895. He attended New Brighton School and his name appears on the New Brighton School Roll of Honour. He lived with his parents William Henry and Janet Bellamy at 69 Lonsdale St, New Brighton. He had 4 brothers and 4 sisters. His father, William Henry Bellamy was a Justice of the Peace, a New Brighton Councillor, followed by Mayor. He was a Coach maker by trade. Bellamy Ave was named after his father, William Henry Bellamy.

William was a Clerk before enlisting, with Bowton Brothers, an export and trading company in Christchurch. He was 5 ‘  5 “ with a dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He was affiliated with the Church of England.

He enlisted on the 14 June 1915 as a Rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, serving with the NZ rifle Brigade, training in Trentham Military Camp. He embarked on one of five troopships, which left Wellington for Suez, Egypt on the 9th October 1915. He was 21 when he died in the Somme, in France.

He was believed to be taken prisoner by the Germans, 19th or 20th July 1916. William was then reported missing in action on the 19 July and suspected to be a German prisoner, although his Father’s memorial in 1923 states William Joseph as missing in WW1. ( "Word has been received, unofficially, that 24/1255, Bandsman W. J. Bellamy, who has been missing since July, 1916, and was believed, as the result of a Court of Inquiry, to have been captured by the enemy, is a prisoner of war at Dulmen, in Germany." - Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 28 March 1917, p. 66) His Cenotaph Record lists him as killed in action. His memorial is in Cite Bonjean, NZ memorial, Armentieres, Nord, France

William was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal, after the war.


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William Joseph Bellamy

First Names:William Joseph
Last Name:Bellamy
Place of Birth:Christchurch