MEAGHER, James Raymond
(Service number 69418)

Aliases Jim. Enlisted as James for WWI, James Raymond for WWII
First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 1 April 1899 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 10 September 1917 Age 17 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment Te Rehunga, Dannevirke
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience a Company 17th Regiment - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs K. MEAGHER (mother), Te Rehunga, Dannevirke
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8½ inches. Weight 165 lbs. Chest measurement 33-38 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing & colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 36th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 21 February 1918
Transport Moeraki
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 1 August 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 January 1987 Age 87 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waiuku Cemetery, Maunkau Memorial Gardens
Memorial Reference Plot WUGRV-48-019
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Raymond Meagher, born on 1 April 1899 at Timaru, was the son of James Francis and Catherine (née Foley) Meagher. His brother Francis (Frank) Patrick Meagher also served in World War One. James Meagher, 69418, was at first rejected (about April 1916) as unfit for the Military Forces because he was under age.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 July 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0079810) [09 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Dpartment of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2017]; School Admission Records (Horowhenua Family History Group) [08 July 2017]; Bush Advocate, 24 July 1911, Wairarapa Daily Times, 18 April 1917, Manawatu Times, 17 December 1917, 6 February 1922, Evening Post, 20 November 1918, 31 March 1919, Taranaki Daily News, 12 June 1920 (Papers Past) [08 July 2017]

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