KEARTON, James Arnold
(Service number 6/3059)
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||13 February 1894||Place of Birth||Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England|
|Date||12 June 1915||Age||21 yrs 4 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of W. J. Roberts, Willow-bridge|
|Occupation||Farm labourer, farmer|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd Cant. Infantry|
|Next of Kin||J. J. KEARTON (father), Hall Street, Hokitika|
|Medical Information||Height 6 ft 0 in. Weight 12 stone 10 lbs. Complexion medium. Eyes brown. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart, lungs - all normal. Limbs, chest - well formed. Teeth - upper artificial, lower satisfactory. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin-disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health; no physical defects.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||7th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||3 May 1917||Reason||Permanently unfit|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
22 May 1916, reported slightly wounded, remained on duty. 14 August 1916 admitted to N.Z. General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, having suffered a gunshot wound in left thigh on 8 August 1916 at Armentieres, France (on active service); bullet was extracted & dirty wound treated at Boulogne; the wound led to septicaemia of left hip & inflammation of left shoulder. 29 August 1916 reported as dangerously ill; amended to seriously ill on 5 September 1916. 28 October 1916 returned home by Hospital Ship "Maheno".
Bank clerk. Farmer
|Date||23 October 1966||Age||72 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Waimate Lawn Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of John Isaac & Frances Elizabeth (nee THOMPSON) KEARTON. Brother of Thomas KEARTON who also served in WWI & died in hospital while a prisoner of war in WWII. Cousin of Ralph Dawson KEARTON who died of wounds in 1916. Born in 1894; came to NZ with family in 1912. Wounded in the battle of the Somme. Returned home, invalided with a shattered thigh, by the 'Maheno' in December 1916. From 23 December 1916 he was admitted to Timaru for treatment, then from 30 December 1916 transferred to Waimate Hospital (as it was nearer to his home); in April & May 1917 he was required to report as an out-patient & to reside at Studholme Junction at night. Conduct while in Waimate Hospital was exemplary. In August 1917 he was appointed to the clerical staff of the Waimate branch of the Bank of New Zealand. Married Ada Elizabeth LOGAN on 8 September 1920 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Timaru. Brother Ralph Thompson KEARTON appealed his Call-up in 1918.
Cenotaph Database [07 February 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5561 0132149) [09 February 2014]; Waimate Council - Waimate Cemetery Records [07 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 8 June 1916, 2 September 1916, 9 September 1916, 31 October 1916, 21 November 1916, 14 December 1916, 17 August 1917, 6 July 1918 (Papers Past) [07 February 2014]; ancestry.co.au [07 February 2014]; Kearton Genealogy (Kearton grandson of John Isaac Kearton) [07 February 2014]; Trinity Timaru Presbyterian Marriage Register (South Canterbury Museum) [12 February 2014]; Unknown Warriors of the NZEF [Facebook Page] at https://www.facebook.com/Unknown-Warriors-of-the-NZEF-1629775073978020/ [September 2016]
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