LOOKER, John William
(Service number 49635)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 27 October 1875 Place of Birth Winchester

Enlistment Information

Date 13 March 1917 Age
Address at Enlistment 310 King St, Temuka
Occupation Labourer for Mr D A Lane
Previous Military Experience Temuka Volunteers (disbanded)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr C Looker (Father), 310 King St, Temuka
Religion Wesleyan
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With C Compmnay, 27th Reinforcements
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 1 August 1947 Age 71 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 128, Plot 468
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John William Looker was the son of Charles and Sarah Looker. His brothers George, James Henry and William (Willie) Isaac Looker all served in World War I; and brother Charles was called up.

John William Looker was summoned (by ballot) in February 1917 for service which began in March, but never proceeded overseas. John was reportedly sickly as a child with bouts of scarlet & rhuematic fevers, and was asthmatic. As such the army decided that, while John was 'a willing man', he was not fit for service even after time at a training camp at Tauherenikau.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 January 2017]; SCFRoll submission by L Baughton, 2016 (SC Museum L2016/004); NZ Defence Force Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0069228) [26 September 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 November 2017]; Timaru Cemetery burial record (Timaru District Council) [14 November 2017]

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Tony Rippin, South Canterbruy Museum

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