FLETT, John Thomas
(Service number 6/3701)

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Date 9 December 1894 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 81 Avenue Street, Timaru
Occupation Post Office clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. T.(?) FLETT (father), 81 Avenue 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 9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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No information

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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 30 April 1947 Age 52 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 98, Plot 378
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Thomas Flett was born on 9 December 1894 at Timaru, the second son of Scotsman John Flett and Irish-born Annie (Ann) née Delaney. Some of is siblings attended Sacred Heart School, Timaru. J. T. Flett 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”. John Thomas Flett also saw service in World War II.

John Thomas Flett married Frances Ada Johnston in 1922 at Waimate. They had nine children (one dying in infancy and another at 10 years) before John died on 30 April 1947 at Timaru, aged 52 years. He was buried in Timaru Cemetery, joined by Frances nearly 46 years after. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Depratment of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [23 June 2020]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [23 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 16 October 1916, 10 May 1919 (Papers Past) [21 June 2020]

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