(Service number 9/961)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Driver


Date 17 September 1882 Place of Birth Goodwood

Enlistment Information

Date 13 December 1914 Age 32
Address at Enlistment Herbert, New Zealand
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Thomas A. SCOTT, saddler, Cave, Timaru
Religion Protestant
Medical Information 5ft 6in, 170lbs, fair complexion, brown eyes, brown hair

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Mounted Rifles
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra of Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian and Gallipoli, Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star
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 13 April 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 May 1945 Age 62 years
Place of Death Kaiapoi
Memorial or Cemetery Te-Kai-A-Te-Atua Cemetery, Kaiapoi
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials Cave War Memorial

Biographical Notes

James Newson was born at Goodwood, Otago on 17 September 1882.

At the time of his enlistment on 13 December 1914 he was working at a farm labourer on the Beckingsale farm at Herbert. He was described as 5ft 6in, 170lbs, fair complexion, with brown eyes, and brown hair, a protestant, and single. He embarked at Wellington on 17 April 1915 as a trooper with the 4th Reinforcements, Otago Mounted Rifles, bound for Suez and Egypt. His next of kin was given as as his friend Thomas Scott, sadler, of Cave. Newson took part in the Gallipoli and Western Front campaigns, being wounded at Gallipoli on 27 August 1915, returning to active service on 16 February 1916. Ultimately he was discharged on 13 April 1919 having completed 4 years and 122 days of service. He was awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star. The Timaru Herald of 24 March 1919 advertised a Welcome Home social at Cave at which medals were to presented to local returning soldiers. J Newson was one of those and his name is inscribed on the Cave War Memorial on the column headed "Those who offered their lives by serving overseas"..

In the 1928 electoral roll he was described as a farmer of Cave. James married Matateka Tirikatene in 1935. Ten years later he died at Kaiapoi on 8 May 1945 aged 63 and is buried at Te-Kai-A-Te-Atua Cemetery, Kaiapoi. He is remembered on the Cave War Memorial.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 December 2018]; Timaru Herald, 5 March 1919 (Papers Past) [14 December 2018]; ; Assorted records at [August 2021]; NZBMD

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Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG; Sahiban Kanwal; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG

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