LANGRISH, James Grant
(Service number 23/1431)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 24 March 1881 Place of Birth New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Freezing-works, Gisborne, New Zealand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr George Langrish (father), Clyde Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements to 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship E Company
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM); Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)

Award Circumstances and Date

DCM: "For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 5th/6th October, 1918, near Crevecoeur. He did fine work in carrying and caring for wounded under intense artillery and machine-gun fire. Notwithstanding that he was twice blown off his feet by bursting shells, he continued his work until completed”, London Gazette 10 Jan 1920, p481 MM: “For gallantry and devotion to duty, especially opposite Warneton. During the day of 4th August 1917 and the whole of the night 4th/5th August 1917 Rifleman Langrish, who is a Stretcher Bearer, tended to wounded under shell fire which was at times intense. He made three trips to the regimental aid post with stretcher cases – a distance of 4 miles – exposed to fire for the greatest part of the journey, and in most trying weather conditions which made the track almost impassable to even lightly equipped infantry. His courage and determination were undoubtedly the means of saving a number of lives. During the Messines operations he personally organised carrying parties and displayed conspicuous gallantry as a Stretcher Bearer. He has always show initiative and a high sense of duty”, London Gazette 1 Jan 1918, p77

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age 57
Place of Death New Zealand
Cause 28/12/1937
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery, Timaru, New Zealand
Memorial Reference Services Section Block D Plot 14 New Row 104 New Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of George Edward Langrish and Annie Langrish


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (19 November 2014); Web submission by I Martyn, 31 March 2021 (correction)

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