Photograph, William Gordon Pankhurst; Unknown photographer; 1916-1917; RI.P21.93...


Photograph, William Gordon Pankhurst

About this object

A black and white postcard depicting Private William Gordon Pankhurst.

William was a farmer prior to enlisting in May 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal but relinquished this rank in December 1916. He was wounded on 15 June 1917 and died the following day, aged 32. He is buried at Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium and is also memorialised on his parents' headstone in Riverton cemetery.

William’s brother, James Alexander Pankhurst took a quite different approach to war service as a conscientious objector. He was a Christadelphian and opposed war service on religious grounds. He was transported to Trentham Camp via Dunedin to face a Court Martial. On 27 April 1918 he was found guilty of disobeying a lawful command, and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour. James was held at Paparua Men’s Prison and released on 30 August 1919.

We also have in the collection a framed portrait of William, ref RI.FW2021.158 and a postcard depicting William, ref RI.P21.93.291.

Place Made



Unknown photographer

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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on the back; ' Son of Howell and Margaret Pankhurst?'
Handwritten on back; 'P21.93.291'
Handwritten on back; 'Pankhurst'
Printed on back; 'Post Card, Carte Postale. Communication-Correspondance. Address-Addresse'
Printed on back; 'Stamp here'


h x 133 mm x w 83 mm



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Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

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Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

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Public Domain Public Domain

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