Topic: Angus William Te Poroa Carnachan (1894-1918)

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Tauranga electric lineman Angus William Te Poroa Carnachan was missing the index finder on his right hand. He worked in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Stores at Featherstone Military Training Camp. Both Angus and his older sister Elizabeth died during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Angus at Featherston on 17 November 1918. Story by Debbie McCauley.

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Angus William Te Poroa Carnachan was born in Auckland on 3 March 1894 (reg. 1894/2412). His parents were Fox Maule and Sarah Carnachan (nee Piercy) who married in Maketu in 1881.

His father, Fox, was originally from Manchester. He arrived in New Zealand with his family on board the 'Helenslee' on 22 December 1864 with the Waikato Immigration Scheme. Fox worked as a native interpreter and was well known throughout the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. He died in Otorohanga on 28 June 1904 at the age of 47 and was buried in Cambridge.

Angus worked as an electric lineman for Tauranga Borough Council and lived in Wharf Street, Tauranga. He was also a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer.

On 12 January 1916, Angus enlisted to serve during World War I. On his attestation paper Angus stated that he was missing the index finder on his right hand and had a scald mark on the left side of his chest. He worked in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Stores at Featherstone Military Training Camp.

At the end of that same year, Angus married Ruby Constance Guinness at Featherston on 28 November 1916 (reg. 1916/3029). They had one child together:

  1. Angus Crosbie Carnachan(1917-1988). Born in Timaru on 29 July 1917 (reg. 1917/23850). On 23 December 1939 he married Joyce Emily Agnes Keenan (1911-1974) in Tauranga. He served during World War II. Angus died in Tauranga on 14 June 1988 and was buried in Pyes Pa Cemetery.

Elizabeth, older sister of Angus, became ill during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. She died in Rotorua at the age of 29, leaving a three day old baby behind.

Angus was still in training for World War I when he became ill during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

Sergeant (Quartermaster Stores) Angus William Carnachan died of of broncho pneumonia following influenza at Featherston on 17 November 1918 (reg. 1918/10837). He was aged 24. Angus was buried in Featherston Cemetery:

CARNACHAN. Serjt. Angus M. 16833. Died of Influenza 17th November 1918. Thames.

Angus William Carnachan (1894-1918)

Ruby's father and two brothers had already died by the time she married Angus in 1916. Her mother died in 1932 and in 1941 she married Austin Anselm Delaney (1887-1954). Ruby died in Tauranga on 28 March 1970 and was buried in Pyes Pa Cemetery.



Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Clement, Christine (2011). The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Te Puke and District (p. 56 & 57).

Graham, Adele Pentony (2007). New Zealand and World War One: Featherston Cemetery (rootsweb).


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Angus William Te Poroa Carnachan (1894-1918)

Note:Service Number: 16833
First Names:Angus William Te Poroa
Last Name:Carnachan
Date of Birth:3 March 1894
Place of Birth:Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:17 November 1918
Place of death:Featherston, New Zealand
Place of burial:Featherston Cemetery
Occupation:electric lineman
Spouses name:Ruby Constance Guinness
Spouses date of birth:18 August 1892
Spouses place of birth:Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Spouses date of death: 28 March 1970
Spouses place of death:Tauranga
Spouses place of burial:Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga
Date of marriage:28 November 1916
Place of marriage:Featherston, New Zealand
Fathers name:Fox Maule Carnachan
Fathers date of birth:1857
Fathers place of birth:Reeden Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, England
Fathers date of death:28 June 1904
Fathers place of death:Otorohanga, NewZealand
Mothers name:Sarah (Hera) Piercy (aka Mokau Whakanui)
Mothers date of birth:c1864
Mothers place of birth:Maketu, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:1946
Mothers place of death:Rotorua, New Zealand
Name of the children:Angus Crosbie Carnachan
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)