(Service number 88168)

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Date 16 March 1890 Place of Birth Timaru

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Date 31 March 1959 Age 69 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Cemetery
Memorial Reference Catholic Berm A, Row 10, Plot 17
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Biographical Notes

John Mechen was the older son of John and Isabella (née Thompson) Mechen. His mother died in June 1897 at Kaitangata, at the birth of her fifth child. John attended Fairview School near Timaru, under the guardianship of his grandfather. He was called up in 1917 while at Pareora. He had served with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles. John married Johanna Brosnahan in 1932, and they had a son and a daughter.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 June 2019]; School Admission records

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