LAMB, John William
(Service number 6/2684)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||14 January 1895||Place of Birth||Temuka, New Zealand|
|Date||16 April 1915||Age||19|
|Address at Enlistment||Epworth, Temuka, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||No 37 Senior Cadets Temuka|
|Next of Kin||Mr Fred Lamb (father), Temuka|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 foot 8 inches, fair complexion, grey eyes, lt brown hair, weight 147 lbs, chest 33 inches, good teeth|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||6th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||14 August 1915|
|Transport||Tofua or Willocha|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Campaigns||Egyptian, Gallipoli, Western Europe|
|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 June 1917||Reason||Medically unfit|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Otitis Media aggravated my military service
|Date||8 March 1965||Age||70|
|Place of Death||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cremated, Karori Cemetery 10 Mar 1965|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John, son of Mr Frederick and Janet (nee Keenan) Lamb of Temuka, was born Temuka on 14 January 1895.
On his enlisting 16 April 1915 as a Private in the 2nd Company, 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Battalion, he was described as being Anglican, aged 19 years, 5 foot 8 inches tall, of fair complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, weighing 147 lbs, chest measuring 33 inches and having good teeth. His last NZ address was Epworth, Temuka and his previous occupation had been as a labourer for Mr P. Talbot, Timaru. John also stated he had previously served with No 37 Senior Cadets at Temuka.
John left Wellington for Suez, Egypt, with the 6th Reinforcements aboard SS Tofua or Willocha on 14 August 1915. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli (Mudros) and in Western Europe. Unfortunately a previous illness, Otitis Media, was aggravated by military service and he was returned to New Zealand 17 March 1917, on SS Maunganui, arriving 13 May 1917. His service in New Zealand was from 16 April 1915 to 13 August 1915, followed by foreign service from 14 August 1915 until 13 May 1917, and then again in New Zealand from 14 May 1917 until his final discharge as medically unfit for further military service on 10 June 1917. He was still undergoing rehabilitation treatment two years later in Auckland. John was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He was later awarded the Gallipoli Medallion.
John died 8 March 1965 and was cremated at Karori Cemetery on 10 March 1965.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); Wellington City Council Cemeteries database
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