Topic: William Henry Busby (1884-1918)

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Katikati born William Henry Busby served during World War I. He was killed in France on 20 January 1918.

William Henry Busby was born in Katikati in 1884. His parents were William Henry and Sarah Jane Busby (nee Barrett) who married in Erigal-Kerrogue, Ballygawley, County Tryone, Ireland, in 1869. The family had arrived in New Zealand on 17 August 1878, part of the second lot of settlers to Katikati.

William served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade during World War I. He was killed in action in France on 20 January 1918 and buried in the Oxford Road Cemetery in Belgium (reg. 1918/77500).

William is remembered on the Katikati War Memorial which was unveiled in April 1921.

 

Sources:

Cenotaph (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Military Personnel File (Archives New Zealand).

New Zealand Wargraves Project.

The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District (2012) by Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack (p. 43-44).

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William Henry Busby (1884-1918)


Year:1918
Note:Service Number: 40504
First Names:William Henry
Last Name:Busby
Date of Birth:1884
Place of Birth:Katikati
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:20 January 1918
Place of death:France
Place of burial:Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium
Occupation:Farmer
Fathers name:William Henry Busby
Fathers date of birth:1838
Fathers place of birth:Ballygawley, Country Tyrone, Ireland
Fathers date of death:1921
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Sarah Jane Barrett
Mothers date of birth:c1843
Mothers place of birth:County Tyrone, Ireland
Mothers date of death:1916
Mothers place of death:Katikati, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)