(Service number 23/2549)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 14 February 1884 Place of Birth Berwick, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Rayner Street, Temuka
Occupation Gardener
Previous Military Experience Black Watch (Volunteers) - 2 years. Voluntary discharge.
Marital Status Married. Two children
Next of Kin Mrs Agnes BRUNTON (wife), 50 Wilkin Street, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion, E Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 July 1947 Age 65 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 29 July 1947
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 38, Plot 598
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Brunton married Agnes (Nancy) McCartney on 17 August 1908 in Glasgow, Scotland. A daughter Jean was born on 3 October 1908 at sea, and a second daughter, Agnes Joyce, was born on 28 January 1915 at Te Moana, Geraldine. A daughter Alison born about 1919 died at 5 years of age. John's wife Nancy died in 1928 and he married a second Agnes. John was admitted to hospitalin England on 11 April 1918, suffering from gunshot wounds to his right thigh.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 February 2017]; Temuka Leader, 25 April 1918 (Papers Past) [06 February 2017]

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