MORTON, James Walter
(Service number 13490 (British); N/N)

First Rank Last Rank Gunner


Date 24 November 1881 Place of Birth Crappagh, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 14 December 1917 Age 36 years 1 month
Address at Enlistment Richmond Stn, Lake Tekapo
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience 91 (Heavy) Battery R.G.A. 29 Division - discharged on termination of engagement
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 138 lbs. Chest measurement 33½-36½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Slight haemorrhoids. Good bodily & mental health. No fits. No notification for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Absent from work - pleurisy. . . . . . . . . Scar on bridge nose. Scar in left groin. Determing Disability - Returned Soldier. Honourable discharge from B, Exp. Force.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Date 7 November 1960 Age 79 years
Place of Death Denmark Street, Fairlie (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 8 November 1960
Memorial or Cemetery Fairlie Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

It appears that James Walter Morton had already served overseas and returned before enlisting in 1917? With the New Zealand Forces? No, he had served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1902, when 19 years old, and then again in World War One, as Walter Morton Thus he was recorded as a "Returned Soldier" in 1917 in New Zealand. He stated that he had been medically examined for for service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 11 August 1914 at Christchurch and found Fit. He had married Mary Ellen Kemp on 27 August 1914 in the Christchurch Registry Office.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0083670) [06 January 2017]; Timaru Herald, 8 November 1960 (Timaru District Library) [19 December 2016]

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