PREECE, Douglas James
(Service number 15885)

Aliases Birth registration has James Douglas
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 14 February 1896 Place of Birth Manaia, Taranaki

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihao Downs
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin James PREECE (father), Waihao Downs, Canterbury
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 6th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitenata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 13 August 1937 Age 42 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Douglas James Preece was the eldest son of James and Maria Leah (née Eagle) Preece. The family had moved from Taranaki to Waihao Downs some time prior to World War One. Douglas married Ella Brundell in 1929. She survived him by some thirty years.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 April 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 April 2017]; Waimate Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [05 April 2017]

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