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Missing New Zealand Lieutenant

Richard John

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My great-uncle was killed on 12 October 1917 and has no known grave. However, there is a one in four possibility that he is the unidentified New Zealand Rifle Brigade Lieutenant buried in the Passchendale New British Cemetery. I have just received my uncle's asrmy records from NZ Archives and on the Casualty Form – Active Service, against the entry referring to my uncle’s death, there is a reference ‘2nd List 16º1139X3951 (Z.C.599) B213’ Does anyone know what this reference might relate to? Many thanks in advance.

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Since Richard is probably still asleep, what with timezone issues... it's one of the chaps in his signature:

Lieutenant William Rule KIA 12 October 1917

Surname RULE

Given Name William Bramwell

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 3

Regimental Number 39722

Rank Lieutenant

Next of Kin Title F

Next of Kin Surname RULE

Next of Kin Relationship Father

Next of Kin Address 45 Richmond Terrace Christchurch

Roll 62

Page 28

Occupation School-teacher


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I would be fascinated to see if anyone can be of help with Richard's request. It is a really interesting story and I wouldn't want to see this thread 'go cold'.

All best,


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Full NameLieutenant William Bramwell Rule

Rank Last HeldLieutenant

Forename(s)William Bramwell


WarWorld War I, 1914-1918

Serial No.39722

First Known RankLieutenant

Occupation before EnlistmentSchool teacher

Next of KinF. Rule (father), 45 Richmond Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand

Body on EmbarkationNew Zealand Rifle Brigade

Embarkation Unit25th Reinforcements New Zealand Field Artillery

Embarkation Date26 April 1917

Place of EmbarkationWellington, New Zealand

TransportHMNZT 84


DestinationPlymouth, England

Nominal Roll Number62

Page on Nominal Roll28

Last Unit ServedNew Zealand Rifle Brigade

Place of DeathYpres, Belgium

Date of Death12 October 1917

Year of Death1917

Cause of DeathKilled in action

Further ReferencesSearch www.archway.archives.govt.nz for information about this person's Military Personnel File. Use the Simple Search option.

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Thanks, atilla

What he's trying to find out is what ‘2nd List 16º1139X3951 (Z.C.599) B213’ means on the service records he has received from the NZ Archives.


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