(Service number 7/137)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||19 February 1892||Place of Birth||Fairlie|
|Address at Enlistment||P.O. Box 89, Fairlie|
|Occupation||Farmer (for self)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John Trotter, sen., Fairlie|
|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||HMNZT 4 Tahiti or HMNZT 11 Athenic|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, 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||10 May 1916||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||27 November 1918||Age||26|
|Place of Death||Fairlie|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Fairlie Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru|
John Trotter was the eldest son of John and Margaret Trotter. He was born at Allandale near Fairlie in February 1893 and received his education at the Fairlie School, his first day being 1 February 1898. At enlistment his parents address was P.O. Box 89 Fairlie.
After leaving school John went to the North Island for a few months and
on his return settled down at "Punaroa" his father's farm.
When the war broke out he was one of the first in the district to volunteer.
John was single and embarked from Lyttelton on 16 October 1914 aboard either the "Tahiti" or the "Athenic" for Suez. He was badly wounded on Gallipoli in August 1915 and a year later was sent to England. Here he was deemed unfit for active service and returned to New Zealand. He won a ballot for land in the soldiers' settlement on the Clayton Road. John belonged to the local golf club and was also a Mason.
IN 1918 John succumbed to the influenza epidemic that tore through the country. His funeral was a large one considering the cases of influenza in the district. Many of John's trooper mates gathered at the graveside in the Presbyterian section to pay their respects and Trooper Buckman sounded
the "Last Post".
- John TROTTER biography by Jennifer Cordes (Mackenzie Genealogical Group) (pdf, 78.6 KB updated 23-Mar-2018)
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Jennifer Cordes, Mackenzie Genealogical Group
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