CARR, John Joseph
(Service number 7/ 28)

Aliases Joseph
First Rank Farrier Sergeant Last Rank Sergeant


Date 22 July 1894 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 14 August 1914 Age 20 yrs 1 mth
Address at Enlistment Waihao Forks
Occupation Farrier
Previous Military Experience 8th Mounted Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Edward CARR, Waihao Forks
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 149 lbs. Chest 33-37 Inches, Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision good. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth - condition fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. Vaccinated 12 January 1915. Scar 5 inches long, half inch wide in right groin.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

10 September 1916 while at Cairo in hospital with diptheria - good progress. 17 March 1917 in hospital with scarlet fever.

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 March 1918 Age 24 yrs
Place of Death Palestine (in the Field)
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria. Waimate Old Cemetery - memorial on parents' headstone.
Memorial Reference C. 81. Waimate - Roman Catholic Area, Plots 000551 &000552
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; St Joseph's Church Temuka; Waimate War Memorial; St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

John Joseph CARR, known as Joseph, was the second son of Mr and Mrs Edward CARR, of Waihao Forks, Waimate. Educated at St Joseph's School, Temuka. Prior to enlisting Joseph assisted his father in the blacksmithing business and also worked at farming. John departed with the Mounted Men by the slow train from Timaru on 17 August 1914, amidst much excitement in the town, whilst their horses were trucked at the Smithfield siding, Waimataitai. The Mayor spoke of the pride in them and said that they were going forward with stout hearts and strong arms. "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God," he said. He was one of the first volunteers of the district, and served as a farrier in Egypt before being transferred to the Palestine on active service and where he was to meet his fate. Joseph was probably buried initially at Amman in the battle ground where he fell. His brother Edward Martin CARR was killed in action on 27 March 1918 at the Somme, and another brother, Owen Patrick CARR, was killed in action on 30 March 1918 in the Palestine - on the same day and in the same conflict as John, and is buried in the same cemetery. Thus their parents lost three sons in a matter of three days. In addition, their uncle John CARR, a brother of their father Edward, was killed in action on 13 August 1918. Joseph was universally liked and respected. His medals, plaque and scroll were sent to his father at Waihao Forks.


Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0023017) [18 October 2013]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 30 August 2014, 9 & 10 April 1918, 30 March 1920, Ashburton Guardian, 9 April 1918, Press, 12 April 1918 (Papers Past) [09 October 2013; 08 June 2014; 30 August 2014]; Headstone transcription Waimate Old Cemetery (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche) [08 August 2014]; Waimate Cemetery Records (Waimate District Council) [23 August 2014]

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