BLACK, James Ivan Meredith
(Service number 316817)
|Aliases||Know as Ivan|
|First Rank||Cadet||Last Rank||Second Lieutenant|
|Date||14 May 1898||Place of Birth||Oxford, New Zealand|
|Address at Enlistment||Leathem, Blenheim|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||J. BLACK (father), Leathem, Blenheim|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces (?)||Served in||Royal Air Force|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Date||8 November 1918|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Royal Air Force|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||23 March 1919||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Insurance agent; farmer
|Date||15 July 1981||Age||83 years|
|Place of Death||Hastings|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Hastings Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Plot 504|
|New Zealand Memorials|
James Ivan Meredith Black, known as Ivan, was born on 14 May 1898 at Oxford, New Zealand, the only son of John and Louisa (née Meredith) Black. John and Louisa had married in 1890 at Waimate ad had three daughters and their son Ivan. Ivan’s schooling started at Waihaorunga School in February 1905. It appears that the family spent some time in England from March 1906. In March 1907 Ivan returned to Waihaorunga.
He was certified as medically fit for Active Service on 19 August 1918 and recommended for an Officer Cadetship. J. I. M. Black, of Blenheim, gained his Royal Aero Club certificate at the Canterbury Flying School, Christchurch, on 2 November 1918. Cadet J. I. M. Black was a sheep fain the R.A.F..rmer at Leathem, Blenheim, when he embarked with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force per the “Ionic” on 8 November 1918. He named his father as next-of-kin – J. Black, Leathem, Blenheim. John and Louisa had divorced in 1916, allowing John to marry Maria Ethel Perry in 1918.He was mobilized on 1 January 1919 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 15 February 1919, being granted indefinite leave from this date. Black saw no flying in England. Disharged on 23 March 1919, he sailed for New Zealand on 9 July 1919
Ivan married Eileen Mildred Harris in 1922 at St Mary’s Church, Timaru. They resided for some years at Timaru. Eileen died on 17 December 1947 at Hamilton/ She was cremated at Waikumete. Some time after Ivan remarried. He died on 15 July 1981 at Hastings, aged 83, and was buried in the Hastings Cemetery.
– Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 August 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch) [07 August 2021]; Hastings Cemetery burial record (Hastings District Council) [07 August 2021]; extract from Personnel File (Archives NZ)
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