Corporal Laurence Vincent Wendelborn (1893 - 1918)

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Copy of a photograph of Corporal Laurence Vincent Wendelborn (serial no. 7/291) in military uniform holding a rifle and mounted on a horse. A crowd of people are in the background. Wendelborn was born on 27 July 1893 in Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, the sixth child of Johann (John) and Lois Windleborn of Richmond, Nelson. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as Mrs Lois Wendleborn (mother), Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand. Wendleborn served in the South African War, 1899-1902 and worked as a labourer before enlisting for service during World War One. He enlisted on 15 August 1914 at the age of twenty-one. He embarked as a Trooper on 24 September 1914 from Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand for Wellington, New Zealand. From Wellington he joined the Main Body and embarked on 16 October 1914 for Egypt. He served in the 1 Battalion New Zealand Field Artillery, 12 Battalion New Zealand Field Artillery, 37 Mounted Regiment New Zealand and the 48 Mounted Regiment New Zealand in Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Europe. Wendleborn was wounded in Gallipoli on 6 or 7 August 1915 and admitted to hospital. He later returned to service. The last unit he served in was the New Zealand Field Artillery. Wendleborn returned to New Zealand on 9 February 1918 and was posted to Featherston Camp to train with the mounted regiments. On 5 November 1918, the NCOs of 48 Mounted Regiment went on a three-day exercise with 44 Mounted Regiment in the Wairarapa. Wendelborn's group was acting as the "enemy". Upon returning to camp on 8 November 1918, he contracted influenza and was admitted to Featherston Military Camp Hospital. Wendleborn died of broncho pneumonia following influenza on 15 November 1918 in Military Hospital, Featherston Military Camp, Featherston, New Zealand. He was twenty-five years old. He is buried in Featherston Cemetery, Western Lake Road, Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand and his memorial is located at Featherston Cemetery Memorial, Featherston, New Zealand. During his war service he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal (1914-1920) and the Victory Medal which are located at the Golden Bay Museum and Gallery. Wendleborn's surname is spelled Windleborn in the WWI nominal roll.

This negative is believed to have been taken in Nelson, New Zealand in 1915.
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South African War, 1899-1902
World War, 1914-1918
South African War, 1899-1902
World War, 1914-1918
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Corporal Laurence Vincent Wendelborn (1893 - 1918). Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 89537

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