Topic: William James Jewell

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A soldier of the Great War who died of measles and meningitis.

Rifleman William James Jewell – 24/476  South Malvern Cemetery, William Jewell headstone 

William was born 30 November 1884 at Whitecliffs, son of James and Martha Jewell.  He was 5ft 10 ¼ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. 
He enlisted on 29 May 1915 and was assigned to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. At the time of enlistment he was unemployed but described himself as a labourer. William was still in training at the Trenthan Military Camp when he caught measles during the outbreak there which had killed over 22 others. He developed meningitis and later died in Wellington Hospital 4th July 1915, aged 32. His body was returned to Malvern for burial in the South Malvern Cemetery. He received a Military funeral with the cortege led by a detachment of Territorials and escorted by a large number of members of the Loyal Coleridge Lodge of Oddfellows, of which he was a member. After the service the Last Post was sounded and three volleys fired over the grave. William is remembered on the Malvern County and South Malvern War Memorials. The cemetery is on Coaltrack Road, between Coalgate and Glentunnel, just before Glentunnel near the golfcourse.

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William James Jewell

First Names:William James
Last Name:Jewell
Date of Birth:30 November 1884
Place of Birth:Canterbury
Date of Death:15 July 1915
Place of Death:New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery:South Malvern Cemetery, Coalgate/Glentunnel
Age at death:32
User Name:L. M. Seaton
Other names known by:BDM name given as William only
Occupation before enlisting:Labourer
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:29 May 1915
Parents or Next of Kin:James and Martha Jewell, Son of Mrs. Martha Luke (formerly Jewell), of White Cliffs, North Canterbury, and the late James Jewell.
Service Number:24/476
Rank last held:Private
Cause of Death:Died of disease, meningitis after measles