(Service number 28887)
|First Rank||Last Rank|
|Date||3 June 1888||Place of Birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Address at Enlistment||King Street, Timaru|
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|Next of Kin||Mrs Harold JAMIESON (wife), care of James Harris, Kensington, Timaru; 31 Hereford Street, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||18th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||11 October 1916|
|Embarked From||Destination||Plymouth, Devon, England|
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Motor mechanic; salesman
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Harold Jamieson was the second of the three sons of David and Margaret (née Horn) Jamieson. Mr Jamieson, a minister, served in parishes in England and Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, Scotland. The family was resident at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, in 1891. In 1896 he resigned from his position and, with his wife and family of three daughters and three sons, emigrated to New Zealand. In New Zealand he served initially as a Presbyterian minister, then was ordained into the Anglican Churchin 1901. Mr and Mrs Jamieson retired to Oamaru, where he had previosly served, in about 1928. There they both died. Harold's early education was in Glasgow. In this country he country he continued his school at Dunedin, Akaroa and Stewart Island.
Harold Jamieson married Ruth Cecilia Harris on 7 June 1915 at St Mary's, Timaru. Before leaving for the Front, Harold was a mail car driver for the "Timaru Herald". Both his wife Ruth and his father David received word that Harold had suffered a severe gunshot wound to the thigh and been admitted to Brockenhurst Hospital on 10 June 1917. In a letter to his wife later in 1917, he described in detail a visit to Windsor Castle, including refreshments served by Princess Alice, and being taken over the Royal stables. Embarking at Tilbury on 12 March 1919 for the return home, he reached Lyttelton, New Zealand by the “Corinthic” in April 1919, one of 1142 soldiers aboard. After the war Harold and Ruth lived in Auckland. It is not apparent what became of Harold. Ruth died in 1944 and was cremated at Waikumete. A notice in the Police Gazeteer of 20 May 1936, featured Harold Jamieson as a "Person Wanted", for failing to to comply with the terms of amaintenance order for the support of his wife, being in arrears of £101. His two brothers, George and Charles, also served in World War I.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 November 2019]; 1891 Scotland census return (ancestry.com.au) [15 November 2019]; ref. Timaru Herald, 23 June 1917, 15 November 1917, 12 April 1919, Oamaru Mail, 27 June 1917, Otago Daily Times, 2 October 1934 (Papers Past) [26 November 2013; 15 November 2019]
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