RYAN, John Thomas
(Service number 17/176)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||25 August 1891||Place of Birth||St Andrews|
|Address at Enlistment||St Andrews|
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|Next of Kin||Patrick RYAN (father), St Andrews, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||New Zealand Veterinary Corps|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
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John Thomas Ryan was the son of Patrick and Eliza (née Williams) Ryan, both of Ireland. His mother died at home, Eskbank Homestead, in 1907. He was educated at Flaxton and Esk Valley schools. As of January 1918 John had seen much fighting in Egypt but had not been reported sick of wounded. On 26 August 1920 over two hundred people gathered at Esk Valley to do honour to the ex-pupils of the school who had served in the war. A monument which had been erected by the efforts of ex-pupils to the memory of their fallen schoolmates, was unveiled. The “Roll,” arranged by Mrs Smithson and presented by her to the school, consists of thirty-eight photographs of the boys who had left for the war. Underneath each is inscribed his name and reinforcement. In a central oval are the Union Jack and New Zealand flags, with the inscription: “For King and Country, 1914-1918.” Included in the names is that of J. F. Ryan (supposed to be J. T. Ryan. .Brothers Patrick and Ivan also served in World War I; Vincent enlisted but was turned down.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 February 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 February 2018]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [11 February 2018]; Timaru Herald, 6 & 7 November 1907, 21 August 1920, Press, 19 January 1918 (Papers Past) [06 February 2018]
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