HAM. Private W A Ham, Motueka, Nelson, fatally wounded in the Suez Canal engagement 3rd February 1915, first of the NZEF to be killed in action. Weekly News, 18th February 1915. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/files/documents/ngatimoti-article.pdf Private William Arthur Ham William Ham was killed when the New Zealand Infantry Brigade helped repulse a Turkish attack on the Suez Canal. According to his family he was the first New Zealand soldier killed in the First World War. Ngatimoti war memorial in the Motueka Valley.