(Service number 7/58)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||20 July 1884||Place of Birth||NZ|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o C. Talbot, Fairlie, Canterbury|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Timothy HARNETT (father), Fairlie, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||30 January 1923||Age||36 yrs|
|Place of Death||Dunedin|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 1 February 1923|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section; Row 22; Plot 355|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru (as HARNETT J A); Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions|
John was the older son of Timothy and Elizabeth (nee KAIN) HARNETT, Fairlie. John attended Fairlie School. He played in the Fairlie football team for the President's Trophy in the Seven-a-Side Tournament on 24 May 1907. He departed with the Mounted Men by train from Timaru on 17 August 1914, after an encouraging farewell from the Mayor, who concluded thus: "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God.". In October 1915 he was back home, one of the sick and wounded (some of them cot cases), arriving at Port Chalmers by the Willochra. On stepping from the train at Fairlie, in torrential rain, he was cheered vociferously; he and his comrades were welcomed and thanked for the fine work they had done for the Empire, and invited to a public social later in the week. They were also invited to a social organised by the Fairlie Presbyterian Bible Class. As his was the only entry for the Returned Soldiers' Race at the Cave District Carnival in March 1916, John was awarded the prize. John married Emily Gladys PICKERING in 1918. He was accorded RSA honours at his funeral on 1 February 1923 in Timaru. An infant is buried (1919) in the same plot as John. After John's death Emily married Patrick CASSERLY in 1929 and died in 1984 in Dunedin. John's brother William also served in WWI. His step-brother William WADE, who was killed in action in 1917, was awarded the Military Medal and D.C.M.; another step-brother, Edward James WADE, was awarded the Military Medal; and a third step-brother, Hugh Joseph WADE also served in WWI. Thus Timothy and Winifred (formerly WADE) HARNETT between them had five sons serving. .
Cenotaph Database [06 November 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [06 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 24 May 1907, 18 August 1914, 1 November 1915, 3 November 1915, 5 November 1915, 18 March 1916, 16 February 1918 [J. WADE] (Papers Past) [02 November 2013; 06 November 2013; 06 May 2014]; Timaru Herald, 1 February 1923 (Timaru District Library) [05 May 2014].
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