(Service number 79193)

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Date 27 January 1887 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 23 October 1917 Age 30 years
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Fireman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs E. EDWARDS (mother), Waimate, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4½ inches. Weight 141 lbs. Chest measurement 33½-37 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. slight defect but not sufficient to cause rejection - flat feet. No fits. No notification for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Never absent from work through ill-health or accident. Flattening of feet. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 19 March 1919 Reason Demobilized

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Post-war Occupations

Engine driver; packer


Date 4 July 1961 Age 74 years
Place of Death 45 Oban Street, Wellington (residence)
Cause Carcinoma bronchus right lower lobe (2½ years); debility
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Block C, Plot 51
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Meaghe was born in 1887 at Timaru , the eldest son of Martin Joseph and Emily (née Hughes) Meagher. His schoolmaster father died in 1895, and his mother remarried in 1899, to Henry Harris Edwards. Although James gave Waimate he was a fireman for New Zealand Railways at Cross Creek when he nelisted.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0079809) [09 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 13 August 1895, 6 September 1895, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 11 May 1908, 29 June 1908, 24 December 1914, New Zealand Times, 11 October 1910, Rangitikei Advocate and Manawatu Argus, 12 May 1916, Manawatu Times, 4 September 1917, Wairarapa Daily Times, 30 April 1918 (Papers Past) [07, 08 & 09 July 2017]

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