RICKUS, Jack Melbourn
(Service number 19532)

Aliases Died as Jack Malcolm RICKUS; also known as John
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 26 September 1895 (1893?) Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bluff
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs H. P. RICKUS (mother), 7 William Street, Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 14th Reinforcements
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination Plymouth , Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Pioneer Battalion

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No information

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 December 1964 Age 71 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 184, Plot 362
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Jack Melbourn Rickus was the son of J and H (James and Hana) Rickus, of Temuka. He appears to be one of four family members who served in World War One - Jack, Thomas, William and Sidney. Jack Rickus was one of the native boys who were presented with an illuminated address at a social function at the Arowhenua Pa in May 1920 (after the last man had returned).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 February 2017]' Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [18 February 2017]; Temuka Leader, 22 May 1920, Timaru Herald, 25 May 1920 (Papers Past) [17 February 2017]

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