LUCAS, John Garnet
(Service number 68537)

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Date 13 June 1894 Place of Birth Pahiatua

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Methven
Occupation Bank clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Rica LUCAS (mother), care of Middleton and Lucas, Solicitors, Waimate
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 33rd Reinforcemnets, Auckland Infantry Regiment
Date 31 December 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 20 January 1963 Age 68 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Te Aroha Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area F, Row 28
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Garnet Lucas was the son of Theophilus Augustine (Augustine) and Pauline Frederica Louisa (Rica, née Clark) Lucas. He was educated at Middle School, Oamaru, Oamaru South School, and Waitaki Boys’ High School. For some years his father was a solicitor in Waimate. John G. Lucas of Waimate, enlisted at the Timaru Defence Office on 15 June 1916.

J. G. Lucas, 68537, of Waimate, returned home on Troopship 187, in September 1918. The “Ionic” which carried a large number of invalided and wounded soldiers, left Plymouth on 24 August 1918 and arrived at Auckland on 6 October. Officers and men on the troopship complained of the fare and accommodation. Some of the returning men were forced to purchase extra supplies from the ship’s staff. One dormitory was said to be overcrowded. During this same voyage an experiment was made to provide daily instruction for soldiers – farming (the most popular), commerce, economics, English history, general knowledge, French, English, mathematics, technics, shorthand, book-keeping, chemistry, and architecture. John Lucas married Grace Clark in 1936


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 June 2020]; School Admission records [02 June 2020]; Te Aroha Cemetery headstone transcription [02 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 16 June 1916, New Zealand Times, 30 September 1918, Oamaru Mail, 2 October 1918 (Papers Past) [23 May 2020; 03 June 2020]

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