LATIMER, John Ernest
(Service number 8/789)

First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 10 February 1894 Place of Birth Oamaru, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 24 August 1914 Age 20
Address at Enlistment 44 Williams Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 10th Infantry Regt
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr John Latimer (father) Torridge St, Oamaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information 6 foot 2 inches tall, weight 150 lbs, chest 32 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, good teeth

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Ruapehi or Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian, Gallipoli, Western Europe
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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

1 January 1917: France, gun sot wound to left hand - treated in London

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 August 1918 Age 24
Place of Death Bapume, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France
Memorial Reference I. O. 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John was born 10 February 1894, at Oamaru to John Thomas and Janet (nee Reid) Latimer, of Torridge Street, Oamaru. He received his primary education at the Oamaru North School, first being admitted on 31 Jan 1899.

Prior to joining up for service in WWI, he was employed as a labourer for E Glass and Son, Oamaru, and gave his current address as 44 Williams Street, Timaru. Enlisting at Oamaru on 24 August 1914, he stated he had had served in the 10th Infantry Regiment. He was described as being aged 20, single, 6 foot 2 inches in height, weight 150 lbs, chest measuring 32 inches, of dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, teeth good and of the Presbyterian faith. Posted to the 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion, and after initial training, on 16 October 1914 he embarked with the Main Body from Port Chalmers on SS Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay, arriving in Suez, Egypt, 3 December 1914.

John served in Egypt, Gallipoli and later France where, on 1 January 1917, he was wounded in action, receiving a serious gunshot wound to the left hand. After hospital treatment in London, he returned to France in April 1917. On 16 August 1918, during the battle for Bapume, France, he was killed in action and was buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France. For his service John was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal which, after the war, were forwarded, along with a plaque and scroll, to his mother. Also awarded to his family in the 1960’s was the Gallipoli Medallion.


Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); NZSG Index V5; Papers Past

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