(Service number 21819)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 1 March 1890 Place of Birth Burkes Pass, Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment North Street
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Catherine GUTHRIE (mother), North Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
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 7th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion
Date 21 August 1916
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 26 August 1972 Age 82 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden No 28
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Guthrie was the third son of Robert and Catherine Rebecca (née McCassey or Rolleston) Guthrie, and the second of three brothers to leave for the front. . His father Robert, from Scotland, was one of the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. He died unexpectedly in early 1920 at Timaru, where he and Catherine lived in retirement. James Guthrie was educated at Burkes Pass School. He left Timaru with the South Canterbury quota of the 16th Reinforcements on 3 May 1916. When he enlisted he was a shepherd at Albury. James married Mary Ann Mack in 1925 at Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 May 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 May 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [21 May 2019]; Salisbury Park Crematorium headstone image & record (Salisbury Park websitel) [21 May 2019]; Timaru Herald, 2 May 1916, 23 January 1920 (Papers Past) [02 August 2016; 23 May 2019]

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