READ, Alexander James
(Service number 44018)

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Date 6 July 1880 Place of Birth Seacliff

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment P. O. Albury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs D. BALINGALL (sister), Omimi Post-office, Seacliff
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 24th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

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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 16 November 1931 Age 51 years
Place of Death Cave?
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 48, Plot 71
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alexander James Read wa sthe son of George and Jessie (née Dunbar) Read. The 24th Reinforcements – A. J. Read included - left Timaru for Trentham by the second express on 5 January 1917. They were entertained by the ladies of the Patriotic War Relief Society in Miss Read’s Stafford Tea Rooms. The 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band was in attendance and Senior Cadets formed a cordon at the Strathallan Street crossing. Alexander married Jane Ellen Gordon in 1920 at Chalmers Church, Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 August 2019]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 August 2019]; Timaru Herald, 5 January 1917 (Papers Past) [07 January 2014]

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