MISSEN, John Henry
(Service number 8/3359)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 18 July 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Raukura, Taihape
Occupation Constructor
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. H. MISSEN (father), Raukura, Taihape
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

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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 9 October 1974 Age 77 years
Place of Death Thames
Memorial or Cemetery Hamilton Park Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Henry Missen was born on 18 July 1897 at Timaru, the son of John Henry (Jack) and Amy Keedwell (née Cobden) Missen. He served in “Dunsterforce”, an Allied military force which carried out special operations in the Southern Caucasus and Northern Iran during the First World War. [Cenotaph Databse]. John Henry Missen died on 9 October 1974, aged 77 years, and was buried at Hamilton Park Cemetery, Hamilton. He also enlisted for World War II. His older brother, Bateman Thomas Missen, also put his age up to serve with the Australian Forces, and a younger brother, David Curry Missen, put his age up to serve with the New Zealand Forces. David Curry Missen, an uncle of Bateman, John and David, was killed in action in 1917 at Messines.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 April 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 April 2020]; Hamilton Park Cemetery burial record (Hamilton City Council) [18 April 2020]

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