HEARN, John Thomas
(Service number 27290)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||23 December 1887||Place of Birth||Rangitata Is|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Charles F Hearn (brother), Rangitata Is|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||17th reinforcements, J COmpany|
|Date||25 September 1916|
|Transport||HMNZT 64 Devon|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||13 June 1917||Age||29|
|Place of Death||Belgium|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; Rangitata Island School Honours Board|
John was the son of Henry and Mary Ann Hearn (nee Clay), one of eight children in the family.
During the later stages of the battle of Messines, John was killed in action. He is remembered on the Messines Ridge Memorial, but is buried with no known grave somewhere in the field where he fell.
Brothers Charles Francis 1879-1953 and William Henry d1966 appear on the World War One reserve roll. John's death is also recorded on parents gravestone in Temuka Cemetery.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (January 2015); SCroll submission by M Ineson, 5 April 2019
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