KANE, James Augustus
(Service number 28889)

Aliases Death registration and urial as James Augustine KANE
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 August 1892 Place of Birth Waikouaiti, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 29 June 1916 Age 25 years
Address at Enlistment Club Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Peter KANE (father), Merton, Waikouaiti, Otago; later of Evansdale, Otago
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 158 lbs. Chest measurement 33-36 inches. Complexion dark, Eyes brown. Hair dark brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both good. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Front
Service Medals
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 14 November 1918 Age 25 years
Place of Death Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Cause Died of sickness - influenza & heart failure
Notices Otago Daily Times & Evening Star, 15 November 1918; Timaru Herald, 16 November 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Hawksbury Cemetery, Waikouaiti, Otago
Memorial Reference Block 4RC, Plot 32
New Zealand Memorials Merton War Memorial

Biographical Notes

James Augustus KANE was born on 6 August 1892 at Waikouaiti, the seventh son of peter and Margaret (née MULHOLLAND) KANE of Evansdale, Otago. James enlisted on 29 June 1916 after undergoing the medical examination at Timaru. he was working as a farm hand for Dr Bowe, of Maryburn, Fairlie. James embarked on 10 January 1918 at Plymouth for the return to New Zealand, per the "Arawa". Three of his brothers also served in World War I - Daniel, Hugh and Joseph Constantine. A notice for James in the Timaru Herald advises hat at that time he had a brother living at St andrews and two others at Tekapo.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 January 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0062460) [17 January 2016]; CWGC [17 January 2016]; Timaru Herald, 10 & 27 June 1916, 16 November 1918, Evening Star, 22 August 1917 [x 2], 7 March 1918, 15 November 1918 [x 2], Otago Daily Times, 15 November 1918 [x 2], 23 November 1918, 5 October 1920, Evening Post, 19 November 1918, Dominion, 21 November 1918 (Papers Past) [18 January 2016]; Hawksbury Cemetery, Waikouaiti, headstone transcription (South canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [18 January 2016]

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