(Service number 10/3872)

Aliases John Richard Dazzler
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 September 1891 Place of Birth Timaru, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 16 November 1916 Age 25
Address at Enlistment Post Office, Eltham
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John Wildes (cousin) Palmerston Nth, John Shefford (father) Waimate
Religion Church of England
Medical Information No issues

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport HMNZT47, 48 Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War, 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

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 June 1917 Age 26
Place of Death Belguim
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Messines Ridge (NZ) Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of John and Emily Shefford nee Wild. James enlisted as John Richard Dazzler and it was not until he died that it was found that he was James Shefford. An affadavit signed by RIchard Pelvin in 1920 confirmed James's identity. In his will, his estate went to James A Tate from Awakino Road, Te Kuiti, affadavit signed 1918 along with his medals.


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record

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