DENNISTOUN, James Robert
(Service number )
|First Rank||Last Rank||Lieutenant|
|Date||7 March 1883||Place of Birth||Peel Forest, South Canterbury|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||George James DENNISTOUN (father), Peel Forest, South Canterbury|
|Served with||Imperial Service||Served in||North Irish Horse|
|Body on Embarkation|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Other Units Served With||North Irish Horse|
|Last Unit Served With||North Irish Horse, attached Royal Flying Corps, 23 Squadron|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom||Shot down on the Western Front & taken prisoner by the Germans.|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded whilst employed in the Flying Corps, taken prisoner & subsequently died.
|Date||9 August 1916||Age||33 yrs|
|Place of Death||In hospital, Ohrdruf, Thuringia, Germany|
|Cause||Died whilst a prisoner of war of wounds received in action.|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial; Peel Forest War Memorial; St Mary's Church, Geraldine, Memorial.|
Late of Peel Forest, Canterbury. Elder son of George James & Emily (nee RUSSELL) DENNISTOUN, of Peel Forest. Attended Scotsburn School & Wanganui Collegiate School. Went to England about March 1914 & obtained a Commission in the North Irish Horse. Was an Imperial Officer in WWI. Joined the Forces in England. Went to the front in November 1915. Was for a time an intelligence officer. He was shot down on the Western Front & taken prisoner. Brother George Hamilton DENNISTOUN also served in WWI, in the Royal Navy. Member of Scott's Expedition in 1910. Mountaineer, Left a will which was not filed until 1943. [See BIO.]
Cenotaph Database, Obituary & Biographical Notes attached [15 November 2013];CWGC [15 November 2013]; Base Records - Defence Department - (Archives NZ - Enquiry for Lieut. J. R. Dennistoun (Deceased) (North Irish Horse) [25 March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 8 March 1883, 10 July 1915 (Papers Past) [15 November 2013]
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