Monday, May 28, 2012

Wales, William

Obituary — Two old and respected residents of Lyttelton, Mrs Anna Webb, wife of Mr J. R. Webb, and Mr William Wales, a Crimean veteran, died late on Saturday night. Flags were hoisted at half-mast in all parts of the town as a tribute to their memory.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LIII, Issue 2742, 20 January 1903, Page 2

Mr William Wales, of Lyttelton, a native of Kent, died the other day at the age of 70 years. He joined the navy as a boy on board H.M.S. Boscawen in 1851.

During the Crimean War he was on H.M.S. Algiers, and saw service in the Crimea and in the Baltic, for which he received the Crimean, Baltic and Turkish medals. He purchased his discharge, on May 15, 1863, when leading seaman on H.M.S. Black Prince.

Nearly 40 years ago he landed at Dunedin.

Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 20, 23 January 1903, Page 1

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