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William "Mick" Petersen
Private - Service Number 23/879

William was the son of Mrs Florence Davies of Leamington and was born in 1898. After schooling he became a plumber and then enlisted in Cambridge in May, 1915. He joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade as a rifleman serving in the 1st Battalion in C Company. He embarked in Wellington on the 9th of October, 1915. We know he sailed on HMNZT 30,31,32,33 or 34 being SS Maunganui or SS.Tahiti or SS.Aparima or SS.Navua or SS.Warrimoo. He arrived in Suez and was hospitalised in Alexandria with the mumps in February 1916. After recovery he was sent on to France and served down on the Somme in the great offensive that had started in July, 1916. The New Zealand Rifle Brigade arrived at Fricourt on the 9th of September and began to relieve troops from front line trench duties. The 1st Battalion took over the line previously occupied by the 1/5th Kings Regiment, from the junction of Peach and Tea Trenches to Sap A. This area between Delville Wood and High Wood was notoriously dangerous. William's death is recorded on the 13th of September, 1916, near the village of Fricourt, aged 18 years 9 months. He is buried in Thistle Dump cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, France in Grave A 14.