(Service number 28854)

Aliases Jack, Jock
First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 15 December 1891 Place of Birth Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 29 June 1916 Age 24 years
Address at Enlistment C/o Mr W. Fletcher, Willowbridge
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J BORTHWICK (mother), Willowbridge, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 6 feet. Weight 12 stone 7 lbs. Chest measurement 38-39 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing and colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Fit.

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 18th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

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


Date 19 February 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of Wounds received in Action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Farm labourer


Date 6 January 1963 Age 71 years
Place of Death Waimate
Notices Timaru Herald, 7 January 1963
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 24, Plot 001150
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John BORTHWICK was the son of John BORTHWICK and Janet née RANKIN. He was born in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland. On 1 December 1920 at the Knowx Presbyterian Church in Waimate, he married Matilda Margaret CAMPBELL from Northern Ireland, a sister of David and Thomas Campbell who also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 August 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0016386) [08 April 2015]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5997 0362824) [08 April 2015]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery burial record (Waimate District Council) [13 September 2014]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche) [14 September 2014]; Timaru Herald, 7 & 8 January 1963 (Timaru District Library) [08 April 2015]; Timaru Herald, 19 October 1916, 29 October 1917 (Papers Past) [19 August 2015]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [20 August 2014]; Waimate Presbyterian marriage record (South Canterbury Museum) [2014]; 1901, 1891 census Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland ( [21 July 2015]

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