KIRBY , James
(Service number 26/1093)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||23 December 1889||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||16 October 1915||Age||25 yrs 6 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||58 High St, Timaru|
|Occupation||Labourer (Freezing Works)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||M. KIRBY (brother), 58 High Street, Timaru. Later Mr John KIRBY (father), 58 High St, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 126 lbs. Chest 33-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision good. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth - temporarily unfit; were attended to. Free from hernia, Varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||4th Battalion, D Company|
|Date||5 February 1916|
|Transport||Ulimaroa or Mokoia|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal.|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||21 May 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
17 September 1916 admitted to hospital - wounded. On 7 June 1917 he was again wounded, in action; and yet again on 5 October 1918 and subsequently admitted to hospital in Boulogne.
|Date||11 October 1932||Age||41 yrs|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 1C RSA, Plot 3|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of John & Catherine KIRBY, Timaru. Brother of Michael who was killed in action 13 January 1918 & of Timothy who also served. In January 1917 Jim rejoined his regiment after being wounded, only to be wounded again a few months later. He served for 3 years 78 days overseas, plus 145 days within New Zealand. He returned to New Zealnd on 24 April 1919 per 'Corinthic'. Jim incurred a few penaties during his time overseas - 10 April 1917 seven days for drunkenness on Active Service in the Field; 13 January 1919 at Hornchurch he forfeited one days pay for being Absent Without Leave; 14 January 1919 2 days pay for failing to comply with an order and failing to answer to faulters roll call. Both Jim and Tim were serving in France when their brother Michael was killed in action in January 1918.
Cenotaph Database [30 July 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0064879) [27 August 2013]; CCC burial records, Bromley Cemetery [30 October 2013]; Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG New Zealand Cemetery Records microfiche collection) [27 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 13 October 1916, 27 January 1917, 27 June 1917 (Papers Past) [01 November 2013; 25 April 2014]
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