HALKETT, John James Thomas
(Service number 6/4255)

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Date 5 June 1886 Place of Birth Reidston, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 16 December 1915 Age 29 years 6 months
Address at Enlistment 65 Oxford Street, Timaru
Occupation Gardener
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Two children
Next of Kin Mrs J. HALKETT (wife), 65 Oxford Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 147 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight, hearing & colour vision all good. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth fairly good. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 11 July 1946 Age 61 years
Place of Death 38 Oxford Street, Timaru (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 12 July 1946
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 138, Plot 163
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Thomas Thomas Halkett was the son of Thomas and Catherine (née Fincher) Halkett. John married Hannah Tavener on 20 April 1907 at Timaru. The couple had three children. John Thomas Hawden (b. 22 September 1908) was born at Geraldine, but the family appears to have move to Tiamru by the time their second child, Gladys Catherine (b. 9 November 1909) was born, Tragically their next daughter, Jessie (b. 1913) died aged only six weeks on on 25 April. Their last child, Jean Gwendoline, was born on 3 July 1917.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0049085) [09 August 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (department of Internal Affairs) [01 August 2016]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [01 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 6 January 1905, 17 October 1907, 26 April 1913, 9 December 1915, 28 January 1918, Star, 17 January 1928 (Papers Past) [07 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 12 & 13 July 1946 (Timaru District Library) [08 August 2016]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [08 August 2016]; SCRoll web submission by J Halkett, 27 April 2019

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