TAVENDALE, John Paterson
(Service number 6/3178)

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Date 11 June 1882 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihao Forks
Occupation Farm worker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Jas. TAVENDALE (father), Arno, Waimate, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 7th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 21 July 1973 Age 91 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Paterson Tavendale, born on 11 June 1882 at Waimate, was the son of James and Jessie Tavendale. At the time of enlisting, John was engaged in farm work at Waihao Forks and named his father as next-of-kin – Jas. Tavendale, Arno, Waimate. J. T. Tavendale, 6/3178, of Waimate, returned to New Zealand per the “Kia Ora”, embarking at Liverpool in March 1919, the draft being due at Lyttelton on 7 May 1919. John died, probably unmarried, on 21 July 1973 at Timaru, aged 91 years, and was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium. His youngest brother, William Tavendale, died of wounds in 1915 at Gallipoli. Another brother, David, also served in World War I.


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]; New Zealand Times, 26 April 1919 (Papers Past) [27 June 2020]

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