FERRIER, John Lowe
(Service number )

First Rank Signaller Last Rank


Date 16 July 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 12 Buller Street, Wellington
Occupation Bank clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs FERRIER, Grey Street, Timaru
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
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 28 December 1943 Age 48 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Lowe Ferrier, known as Jack, was the third son of William, the noted Timaru photographer, and Eva Beatrice (née Cunninghame) Ferrier. Jack was educated at Waimataitai School with a month in 1903 at Oamaru North and at the Timaru Boys’ High School, and he was a member of the Timaru Wesleyan Band of Hope. Residing at Wellington, John Lowe Ferrier attested voluntarily. On 31 Jauary 1916, J. L. Ferrier, a signaller in the New Zealand Field Artillery, was examined by the Medical Board and found to be suffering from epilepsy. Consequently, he was declared permanently not fit for “general service”, and discharge was recommended. Jack married Nancy Gladys Grant in 1934 at St Mary’s, Timaru.

The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names were those of Herbert Gordon Ferrier, John Low Ferrier and William Hedley Ferrier.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 March 2020]; School Admission record [29 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 22 June 1901, 5 July 1922, Press, 14 January 1944 (Papers Past) [24 & 30 March 2020]

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available. 

Researched and Written by

Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB