EDDINGTON, James Kirkwood
(Service number 25/973)

First Rank Driver Last Rank Rifleman


Date 21 July 1885 Place of Birth Kakanui

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 44 Regent Street, Timaru
Occupation Driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John EDDINGTON (father), 44 Regent Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 3rd Battalion
Date 12 February 1916
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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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 7 October 1969 Age 74 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1H, Plot 22
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Kirkwood Eddington, who was born on 21 July 1895 at Kakanui, the youngest son of John and Mary (née Hughes) Eddington, was educated at Kakanui School, leaving when he was fourteen to work at home. The family was lving in Timaru when James enlisted with the New Zealand Defence Forces. J. Eddington was in a contingent of South Canterbury soldiers who came from Christchurch by a special train and were welcomed home on 9 May 1919. A great crowd gathered at the station and cheered loudly when they arrived. The soldiers expressed their appreciation to the ladies who gave them fruit and cigarettes. The Mayor congratulated the soldiers on their heroic achievements abroad, thanked them on behalf of the whole community and expressed the hope that they would soon regain their health, before calling for three hearty cheers for them. Mr Craigie, M.P., said that all were proud of what they had done in the struggle for liberty and freedom, and expressed the hope that “they would have many happy years in this prosperous land”.

James married Emily Ethel Sophia Shears in 1920. He died on 10 October 1969 at Christchurch, aged 74 years, and was buried in Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch. Emily had died 34 years earlier


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Depratment of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2020]; School Admission record (Oamaru Branch NZSG) [23 June 2020]; Sydenham Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [23 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 16 October 1916, 10 May 1919 (Papers Past) [21 June 2020]

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