(Service number 19/183)

Aliases Died as John White MECHEN
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 3 July 1867 Place of Birth County Antrim, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairview, Timaru
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Widowed
Next of Kin John MECHEN (son), Fairview, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Samoan Relief Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Infantry
Date 27 March 1915
Transport Tahune
Embarked From Destination Apia, Western Samoa
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Horse trainer


Date 15 February 1951 Age 83 years
Place of Death Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Mechen was the son of Patrick and Margaret (née McNeilly) Mechen. He married Isabella Thomson in 1888 at Timaru. They had a family of five before Isabella died at the birth of the fifth child. John's son both enlisted for World War I, George serving overseas.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 June 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 June 2019]

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