(Service number 14100)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 21 September 1886 Place of Birth Woodbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Ma Waro, South Canterbury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Thomas GROUNDWATER (father), Woodbury, South Canterbury; later 45 Studholme Street, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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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
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 21 February 1978 Age 91 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru; ashes interred Pleasant Point Cemetery
Memorial Reference Ashes beam, Row 32, Plot 2
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Groundwater, born on 21 September 1886 at Woodbury, was the son of Thomas and Catherine (née McLean) Groundwater. He was educated at Woodbury School. James was a farmer at Ma Waro, South Canterbury, when he enlisted. His nominated next-of-kin was his father, Thomas Groundwater of Woodbury and afterwards of Temuka. J. Groundwater, 14100, of Temuka, returned to New Zealand per the “Kia Ora”, embarking at Liverpool in March 1919, the draft being due at Lyttelton on 7 May 1919. He married Flora Ann McLachlan in 1921. James Groundwater died on 21 February 1978, aged 91 years. Both James and Flora were cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium, their ashes interred at Pleasant Point Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 June 2020]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record [30 June 2020]; Pleasant Point Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Timaru District Council) [30 June 2020]; New Zealand Times, 26 April 1919 (Papers Past) [27 June 2020]

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