DICK, James Alfred
(Service number 26/1089)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 27 February 1905 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. A. DICK (mother), Queen Street, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Battalion, D Company
Date 5 February 1916
Transport Ulimaroa or Mokola or Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 June 1936 Age 52 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Pneumonia
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 103, Plot 20
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Alfred DICK was a son of John Reid & Mary Agnes DICK, of Timaru; prob. stepson of Mary & son of John's 1st wife Catherine. Brother of Joseph Andrew DICK who died of wounds in 1917.

James was one of a large group who received a very enthusiastic farewell when they assembled in the drill shed for afternoon tea. The Ven. Archdeacon Jacob said that they were going to answer the call of duty and to help the brave boys who had gone before them and who were doing such splendid work. They were going to fight for King and country, to fight in the cause of right. They marched to the railway station, with the 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Band playing some soul-stirring patriotic airs. "Brave lads," said the Mayor in a voice broken with emotion, ". . . . . We are proud of you for the gallant way you have come forward to assist the Empire in its time of need, .. . . . You are going forward to fight .. . for truth, liberty and justice. . . .".

Susan Grant recounts that James "...died of pneumonia determined after a coroners inquest into his death in Sunnyside hospital. I believe he suffered from lung disease from the war."


Cenotaph Database [11 December 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [11 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 14 October 1915 (Papers Past) [05 October 2014]; SCRoll web submission from S Grant, 28 June 2015

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