(Service number 15355)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||2 August 1893||Place of Birth||Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Date||4 April 1916||Age||22|
|Address at Enlistment||60 Richmond Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs R. Fonseca, (Mother), 36 Selwyn St, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5 foot 8 inches. Florid complexion. Grey/green eyes. Dark Hair. His Medical examination reported he was in good health, noting he had tattoos - a life buoy with Titanic on his left upper arm and a bull dog in a life buoy on his right arm.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcement, 1st Battalion, E Company|
|Date||29 July 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Campaigns||Western Europe 1916-18|
|Service Medals||British War Medal & Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
30 April 1917 - Wounded in face; 24 August 1917 - Wounded left leg and left hand. Returned to England.
|Date||9 September 1918||Age||25|
|Place of Death||Havrincourt, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Gouzeacourt New British Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Sp.Mem. A 16|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimataitai School War Memorial|
John was the son of Reuben A and Nancy Hannah Fonseca of 36 Selwyn St, Timaru. His siblings were Sarah Ann (b.1891), Isaac (b.1896) and Jessie (b.1908). John worked as a seaman for the Union Steam Ship Company based in Auckland.
While on active service in World War One he was wounded twice. Firstly early in 1917 he was wounded in the face, but was soon sent back to the front. Later that year he was wounded and had a period of convalsecent before being sent back to duty. The next year, on 9 September 1918, he was killed in action.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (September 2013); Archives New Zealand (November 2014. 2017); NZ Birth Deaths and Marriages
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Janette Clarke, SC branch NZSG
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