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New Zealand Lawyers Roll of Honour, World War I

The New Zealand Law Society has compiled a Roll of Honour of New Zealand lawyers who died while serving in World War I. The roll below is as complete as possible and it will be updated if further information becomes available.

Information on the lives and legal careers of those on the roll has been added. This can be accessed by following the link on the names below.


NameDiedAgeRankPractised at 
William Moon Alexander14-Jul-1623Quartermaster SergeantAuckland
Kenneth Duncan Ambrose15-Sep-1624Second LieutenantWestport
Samuel Arnold Atkinson5-Jun-1743CaptainWellington
Herman Stuart Baddeley25-Apr-1523LieutenantOtorohanga
Aro Keith Baker9-Jul-1623SergeantChristchurch
William Henry Dillon Bell31-Jul-1733CaptainWellington
Eric Mountjoy Burnard10-May-1522Second LieutenantHokitika
Alfred W Bishop12-May-1734LieutenantChristchurch
Julian Cornelius Brook2-Sep-1828LieutenantKohukohu
Charles Raymond Brown1-Oct-1828PrivateAuckland
Claude Sinclair Chalk14-Nov-1828PrivateGreymouth
Charles Frederick Denman Cook2-May-1835Lieutenant ColonelMarton
John Coradine3-Aug-1730SergeantMasterton
Alfred Cranstone Cowie2-Oct-1624Second LieutenantWanganui
Charles Darling26-Aug-1832Second LieutenantDargaville
Gerald Horton Fell7-Jun-1736Second LieutenantWellington
Hugh Alexander Forrest12-Oct-1724LieutenantAuckland
Edwin Percy Greatbatch20-Oct-1625Second LieutenantMatamata
Colin Hally MC6-Apr-1826LieutenantMorrinsville
Douglas Allan Harle4-Oct-1724Second LieutenantNew Plymouth
Eric Tristram Harper30-Apr-1840TrooperChristchurch
Athol Thomas Hart21-Aug-1827Second LieutenantAuckland
Percy Bosomworth Henderson15-Nov-1824PrivateHamilton
James Houlker10-Aug-1535MajorNelson
George Covell Jackson5-Jun-1526TrooperHamilton
Lewis Jardine25-Jun-1632Second LieutenantDunedin
Frank Jones23-Sep-1633Second LieutenantOamaru
Neville Stanley Joyce8-Jun-1623LieutenantTimaru
Magnus James Larnach26-Mar-1833CorporalAuckland
Leonard Maughan Liardet3-Oct-1625CaptainWellington
Eric Lyon29-Sep-1829CorporalChristchurch
Arthur Douglas MacDonald1-Oct-1838GunnerNapier
Edmund Justin Mahoney9-Oct-1828RiflemanAuckland
William George Malone8-Aug-1556Lieutenant ColonelStratford
George Cuthbert Mayne8-Aug-1532MajorGisborne
Donald Eric Caithness MacKay9-Jun-1626CorporalEltham
John Gordon McCallum11-Jan-1726CaptainMotueka
William Greig Menzies26-Mar-1835PrivateTe Kuiti
William Ernest Moore MC14-Nov-1734CaptainAuckland
James Hunter George Murdoch3-Jul-1635Second LieutenantNapier
Harry Cuthbert Northcroft19-May-1526Lance CorporalAuckland
John Geoffrey Persse8-Aug-1531CorporalNapier
Samuel Joseph Poole4-Nov-1834Lance CorporalTe Kuiti
James Robertson22-Oct-1834CorporalHuntly
Neil Ruffell Russell26-Mar-1829Second LieutenantDannervirke
Arthur Vivian Spedding2-May-1523CaptainDunedin
Robert Spence12-Oct-1738Second LieutenantStratford
George MacFarlane Stewart30-Sep-1627SergeantAuckland
George Washington Tayler8-Aug-1525LieutenantEltham
Alister McLean Thomson17-Jun-1625Second LieutenantWellington
Arnold Thomson27-Aug-1832Second LieutenantHawera
Grahame George Vial25-Sep-1722GunnerWellington
Anthony Frederick Wilding9-May-1531CaptainChristchurch
Benson Henry Wyman15-Nov-1836Quartermaster SergeantAuckland

Law Society Memorial Tablets

Tablets displaying the names of members of the Auckland District Law Society, Canterbury District Law Society, Hamilton District Law Society (now the Waikato Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society) and the Wellington District Law Society who died while serving were unveiled after the war. The plaques do not record all lawyers who died in the war and two lawyers' names are recorded on two of the plaques. They also contain some errors in names and initials.

Auckland lawyers' memorial

The plaque erected by the Auckland District Law Society is a bronze tablet in the offices of the Auckland Districts Law Society Incorporate, at Chancery Chambers, 2 Chancery Street, Auckland 1010. It was unveiled in the vestibule of the Supreme Court on 20 June 1923.

The tablet, which is superimposed on marble, bears at its head the words "The Glorious Dead" and a mural wreath. Swords of justice, in association with Roman fasces, adorn the sides, and the inscription "Juris Periti Pro Justitia Mortui" is at the foot.

Auckland Lawyers' Memorial Tablet
W.M. Alexander
Julian C Brook
C Raymond Brown
Charles Darling
Athol Thomas Hart
Magnus J Larnach
Edmund J Mahoney
William E Moore
H.C. Northcroft
George M Stewart

Hamilton lawyers' memorial 

The Hamilton District Law Society (now the Waikato Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society) memorial is in the branch offices at 109 Anglesea Street, Hamilton 3204. It is a bronze tablet with a wooden frame and was unveiled in March 1921 by Justice Hosking. The tablet bears the words "In Memoriam 1914-1919" at its head.

Hamilton Lawyers' Memorial Tablet
Herman Stuart Baddeley
Edwin Percy Greatbatch
Colin Hally
George Covell Jackson
Frank Jones
James Robertson
William Grey Menzies
Edward Patrick Hugh Cotton

Wellington lawyers' memorial

The Wellington District Law Society memorial is in the Wellington Law Library of the New Zealand Law Society at Kate Sheppard Place, Thorndon, Wellington 6011. It is a large bronze tablet and bears the inscription: "In Memory of those law practitioners and clerks of the Wellington Law District who gave their lives in the Great War." The memorial list is divided into two parts. At the top are "Practitioners" and the bottom section is headed Law Clerks".

Wellington Lawyers' Memorial Tablet
Samuel Arnold AtkinsonDouglas Allan Harle
Herman Stuart BaddeleyLeonard Maughan Liardet
William Henry Dillon BellEric Lyon
Charles Frederick Denman CookAlister McLean Thomson
John CoradineGrahame George Vial
Gerald Horton Fell 
Law Clerks
Edwin Bolton BennettJohn Leslie McLeod
James Joseph BreenCecil Angus McNiven
Archibald Geoffrey BrockettFrancis Desmond Perrin
Richard CollinsStanley Thornton Seymour Reeve
Thomas Howard DawsonErnest William Rhodes
Reginald Henry DodsonHugh Douglas Richardson
Cyril EvertonRoy Jennings Richardson
Paul Milton FreybergJames MacDonald Richmond
Walter Lancelot Girling-ButcherJames Victor Roberts
Frederick Walter Brian GoodbehereWilliam Guthrie Salmond
John Bertrand HallyEdward Diment Snell
Norman Hugh HoggHenry Todd
Clarence Arthur HoustonCharles Laurence Wardrop
Henry Earl HustonHolloway Elliot Winder

Canterbury lawyers' memorial

The Canterbury District Law Society memorial is in the Canterbury Law Library of the New Zealand Law Society. It is a rectangular bronze plaque and bears the words "In memoriam" followed by the lawyers' names and the words "Members of the Legal Profession in Canterbury who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918".

Canterbury Lawyers' Memorial Plaque
K.O. Ambrose
A.K. Baker
A.W. Bishop
A.T. Harper
E. Lyon
G.C. Mayne

The Centennial History of the Otago District Law Society (Lawfully Occupied) by Michael J Cullen (Dunedin, 1979) notes that 11 "members of the profession and law students" were killed in action or died of their wounds.

Anyone with further information is invited to contact the Law Society (

Last updated on the 1st December 2018