MEYNELL, John Newrick
(Service number 34705)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 28 October 1892 Place of Birth Fairlie, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o J. H. Meynell, Studholme Junction
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin R. MEYNELL (father), corner of Shirley and Hills Roads, St Albans, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
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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 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
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Date Reason

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Date 31 August 1951 Age 58 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery, Levin
Memorial Reference Block 15, Plot 18
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Newrick Meynell was born on 28 October 1892 at Fairlie, the son of Robert and Ann (née Harris) Meynell. He was educated at Hampstead, Papanui, Fendalton, and Oamaru schools, leaving just before his fifteenth birthday to go out to work. He was a labourer for the Waimate County Council when he enlisted. John Meynell left as part of South Canterbury's quota for the 20th Reinforcements by the second express north on 23 August 1916. Prior to leaving the men were entertained at the Stafford Tea Rooms by the Ladies Committee of the South Canterbury Patriotic War Relief Society. The men assembled at the Drill Shed to be addressed by the Mayor and other dignitaries and then to march to the Railway Station, accompanied by the 2nd South Canterbury Band, Senior Cadets and Honorary Territorials. He married Vaughley Comley Joblin in 1933, and they had one daughter. John died in 1951, Vaughley some 31 years later. Both are buried at Tiri Tiro road Cemetery, Levin.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 August 2020]; School Admission records [16 August 2020]; Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery, Levin, headstone transcription [16 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 August 1916 (Papers Past) [19 December 2015]

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