(Service number 13768)

Aliases Married and died as John Samuel KIRKMAN
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 29 June 1896 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 98 Dixon Street, Wellington
Occupation Steward
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs W. PALMER (mother), 78 Church Street West, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 8th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

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
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 21 July 1978 Age 82 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Kirkman was born on 29 June 1896 at Waimate, the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Jane (née Derrick) Kirkman. His father died in1911, leaving a widow and a family of eleven. His mother married William Palmer in 1915. John married (as John Samuel) to Esther Evelyn Sellars (Essie) on 2 April 1919 at Chalmers Church, Timaru. Their only son, Nevin John Kirkman, was born in 1920 at Timaru. John and Esther divorced in 1925. [See Timaru Herald, 6 Dec 1916, 4 Dec 1917, 2 April 1919, 3 April1920, 10 Dec 1920]. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 October 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 October 2018]

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