CLAPHAM, William Henry
|Rank:||Captain, Naval Artillery Volunteers||Service Number:|
|Date Joined:||February 1882||Date Discharged:||1898|
William Clapham was born in Wellington around 1850, and moved to Wanganui in 1874. He worked in various positions including the mercantile marine, as a purser, and as a bookkeeper. In February 1882 he was elected as a Sub Lieutenant of the Wanganui Naval Artillery Volunteers (NAV), a militia like organisation, being promoted to Captain in 1886, as its commander, holding the role till its disbandment in 1898. The Wanganui NAV was formed in 1881 in response to the confrontation at Parihaka.
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