(Service number 12/2900)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||6 May 1882||Place of Birth||Tauranga|
|Date||15 August 1914||Age||32|
|Address at Enlistment||Butcher's Lane, Waimate|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mr John James snr (father), Butcher's Lane, Waimate|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Auckland Infantry Battalion|
|Date||15 October 1914|
|Embarked From||Auckland||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Egyptian and Gallipoli|
|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|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 September 1929||Age||47|
|Place of Death||Wanganui|
|Notices||Internal Affairs Notification, Military personnel file|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Aramoho Cemetery Wanganui|
|Memorial Reference||D.5. Plot 263|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John was the son of Mr John James snr, of Butcher's Lane Waimate.
He enlisted on 15 August 1914 and was described as being 5 foot 5 inches tall, 9 stone, fair complexion, eyes blue, hair brown, chest 35 inches and having false top teeth, the bottom ones being only fair. He first served in Egypt from 3 December 1914 to 4 May 1915 but was then returned to NZ as unfit for service.
He again left NZ for Egypt with the 6th Reinforcements on the Tofua from Wellington on 14 August 1915, arriving in Alexandria on 19 September 1915. He joined his unit at Mudros, Dardenelles on 29 September 1915 and arrived back in Alexandria 29 December 1915. He was admitted to NZ Auxillary Hospital, Ismailia on 15 Feb 1916, then NZ General Hospital, Abbassia on 16 February 1916 before returned to NZ on SS Ulimora, arriving 22 April 1916. He was finally discharged as unfit for military service on 25 May 1916 to 54 Cain's Ave, Gonville, Wanganui.
John died in Wanganui on 8 Sep 1929 of pulmonary TB and was buried in the Aramoho Cemetery.
Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (January 2015)
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