(Service number 6/580)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||24 January 1889||Place of Birth||Westport|
|Date||16 August 1914||Age||25 years|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o Derry's Hotel, Timaru (Werry's?). Last resided at Orawaiti Road, Westport.|
|Occupation||Ironmonger's assistant. (Carpenter)|
|Previous Military Experience||No (Rifle Cadet Westport only)|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Laura ANDERSON, Orawaiti Rd, Westport|
|Religion||Presbyterian. English Church|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 144 lbs. Chest 35-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose vein, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily and mental health. Some slight defects but not sufficient to cause rejection.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt (3 Dec 1914)|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded in action early in the campaign, then returned to the front. Reported wounded on 2/3 May 1915 at the Dardanelles. On 9 May he was admitted to the Clearing Station, then transferred to Hospital Ship on 11 May 1915. Reported wounded (second occasion) 7th August 1915.
|Date||7 August 1915||Age|
|Place of Death||Gallipol, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action, during August Offensive|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Memorial Reference||Panel 12|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of Laura & Samuel ANDERSON, Orawaiti Rd, Westport. This James possibly left Timaru with the Infantry Contingent by the first express on 17 August 1914 after parading at the Drill Shed and being addressed by Archdeacon Jacob, who trusted God would guide and protect them, and the Deputy-Mayor (Mr W. A. Pearson), who said that all must "feel very proud to see that so many of the young men had volunteered to serve their country in this the greatest crisis they had ever known." and he wished them God speed and a safe and speedy return. 7 August 1915 James was provisionally reported wounded before being reported killed in action. Advice re his medals was sent to his mother at Westport. The plaque and scroll were sent to his father at Westport.
Cenotaph Database [21 July 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0008323) [28 August 2013]; CWGC [17 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 18 August 1914?, 24 May 1915, 2 September 1915 (Papers Past) [18 September 2013; 16 March 2014]; 12 September 2014
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