HARMER, James Joseph
(Service number 40807)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 3 August 1894 Place of Birth St Andrews, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 18 Coventry Street, Christchurch
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Frederick HARMER (Father), Makikihi; care of Mrs Arras, 16 Bank Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
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 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 11 April 1978 Age 83 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 49, Plot 19
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Joseph Harmer was born on 3 August 1894 at St Andrews, believed to be born James Alfred Harmer, the son of Frederick Albert Harmer (known as Albert and Fred) and Mary née Duffy. Mary died in February 1897, when young James was only 2½ years old. He had two older sisters, Margaret Alice marrying William Arras in 1913. His sister, Mrs W. Arras, received advice that her brother, Private J. J. Harmer, would return to New Zealand invalided, by hospital ship, reaching Lyttelton in early 1918. He had been wounded in the right arm on 12 Octobber 1917. James married Margaret Catherine Hutt in 1922.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 May 2020]; Timaru Herald, 22 January 1918, 2 February 1918 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016; 30 May 2020]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Ashburton District Council) [30 May 2020]

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