Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Pte W Macintosh, New Zealand Field Artillery

William was born 5th September 1886 in Eddrachillis, son of Hugh Macintosh and his wife Robina Calder of Achriesgill, Eddrachillis.  He emigrated to New Zealand where he was employed as a miner. On 9th September 1914 he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces. He was 5'8" tall, weighed 147lbs, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.  He was fit and healthy.

William's Military History Sheet shows that he was in New Zealand on 14th September 1914 and then transferred to Egypt as a driver in the New Zealand Artillery. He was wounded by a stray bullet in the Dardanelles on 12th Spetember 1915. He was admitted to hospital on Malta and later transferred to hospital in England. He died on 21st February 1916 at Walton on Thames Hospital, London. His war record states that he was buried in Walton but he does have a War Grave in Oldshore Burial Ground, Oldshoremore, Eddrachillis.

William was awarded the British War Medal and the victory Medal. His next of kin was his father Hugh in Achriesgill who was awarded his army pension of £15 per annum.

William is commemorated on the Kinlochbervie War Memorial and in the New Zealand Roll of Honour, The Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle.

Thanks to Shona Mackay, New Zealand for the above information.
Photograph by Christine Stokes

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