LATIMER, John Ernest
(Service number 8/789)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||10 February 1894||Place of Birth||Oamaru, New Zealand|
|Date||24 August 1914||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||44 Williams Street, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||10th Infantry Regt|
|Next of Kin||Mr John Latimer (father) Torridge St, Oamaru|
|Medical Information||6 foot 2 inches tall, weight 150 lbs, chest 32 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, good teeth|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Otago Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Ruapehi or Hawkes Bay|
|Embarked From||Port Chalmers, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Battalion|
|Campaigns||Egyptian, Gallipoli, Western Europe|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
1 January 1917: France, gun sot wound to left hand - treated in London
|Date||16 August 1918||Age||24|
|Place of Death||Bapume, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France|
|Memorial Reference||I. O. 5|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John was born 10 February 1894, at Oamaru to John Thomas and Janet (nee Reid) Latimer, of Torridge Street, Oamaru. He received his primary education at the Oamaru North School, first being admitted on 31 Jan 1899.
Prior to joining up for service in WWI, he was employed as a labourer for E Glass and Son, Oamaru, and gave his current address as 44 Williams Street, Timaru. Enlisting at Oamaru on 24 August 1914, he stated he had had served in the 10th Infantry Regiment. He was described as being aged 20, single, 6 foot 2 inches in height, weight 150 lbs, chest measuring 32 inches, of dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, teeth good and of the Presbyterian faith. Posted to the 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion, and after initial training, on 16 October 1914 he embarked with the Main Body from Port Chalmers on SS Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay, arriving in Suez, Egypt, 3 December 1914.
John served in Egypt, Gallipoli and later France where, on 1 January 1917, he was wounded in action, receiving a serious gunshot wound to the left hand. After hospital treatment in London, he returned to France in April 1917. On 16 August 1918, during the battle for Bapume, France, he was killed in action and was buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France. For his service John was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal which, after the war, were forwarded, along with a plaque and scroll, to his mother. Also awarded to his family in the 1960’s was the Gallipoli Medallion.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); NZSG Index V5; Papers Past
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