DENNISTOUN, James Robert
(Service number )

Aliases Jim
First Rank Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 7 March 1883 Place of Birth Peel Forest, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin George James DENNISTOUN (father), Peel Forest, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with UK Armed Forces Served in North Irish Horse
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With North Irish Horse
Last Unit Served With North Irish Horse, attached Royal Flying Corps, 23 Squadron

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom Shot down on the Western Front & taken prisoner by the Germans.
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded whilst employed in the Flying Corps, taken prisoner & subsequently died.

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 August 1916 Age 33 yrs
Place of Death In hospital, Ohrdruf, Thuringia, Germany
Cause Died whilst a prisoner of war of wounds received in action.
Memorial or Cemetery Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Memorial Reference IV.H.2.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial; Peel Forest War Memorial; St Mary's Church, Geraldine, Memorial.

Biographical Notes

Late of Peel Forest, Canterbury. Elder son of George James & Emily (nee RUSSELL) DENNISTOUN, of Peel Forest. Attended Scotsburn School & Wanganui Collegiate School. Went to England about March 1914 & obtained a Commission in the North Irish Horse. Was an Imperial Officer in WWI. Joined the Forces in England. Went to the front in November 1915. Was for a time an intelligence officer. He was shot down on the Western Front & taken prisoner. Brother George Hamilton DENNISTOUN also served in WWI, in the Royal Navy. Member of Scott's Expedition in 1910. Mountaineer, Left a will which was not filed until 1943. [See BIO.]


Cenotaph Database, Obituary & Biographical Notes attached [15 November 2013];CWGC [15 November 2013]; Base Records - Defence Department - (Archives NZ - Enquiry for Lieut. J. R. Dennistoun (Deceased) (North Irish Horse) [25 March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 8 March 1883, 10 July 1915 (Papers Past) [15 November 2013]

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