(Service number 17905)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 13 November 1871 Place of Birth Tintwistle, Cheshire, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment King Street, Temuka
Occupation Hotel porter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Widower
Next of Kin John W. AYTHORN (father), Tintwistle, near Manchester, England; Mr R. THORNHILL (friend), C/- Mrs Roberts, 44 William Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
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 18th Reinforcements, Specialist Machine-Gun Section
Date 16 October 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 June 1945 Age 73 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 129, Plot 556
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Aythorn was the son of John and Mary Aythorn. Born on 13 November 1871 at Tintwistle, Cheshire, England, he was baptised there on 5 May 1872. Sergeant J. Aythorn, of Timaru, returned to New Zealand per the "Rimutaka" at the end of 1919. He married Louisa Emily Johnson in 1935 in New Zealand.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 October 2019]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [20 October 2019]; Sun, 5 December 1919 (Papers Past) [19 October 2019]

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