(Service number 34773)

First Rank Driver Last Rank


Date 18 December 1886 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Makikihi
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T. A. MONTGOMERY (brother), Makikihi via Timaru, South Canterbury
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 22nd Reinforcements, New Zealand Army Service Corps
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 12 April 1947 Age 60 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 640
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Montgomery was born on 18 December 1886 at Waimate, the youngest of the three sons of Arthur Montgomery and his second wife Julia, née Hogan. He was baptised Roman Catholic on 9 June 1889 at Waimate. Their mother died in July 1905 and their father in April 1906. John 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. His brother, George Michael Montgomery, left Timaru at the same time. Their oldest brother, Thomas Arthur Montgomery, who was the next-of-kin for both John and George, was himself called up in 1917. The three brothers are buried with their parents in the Waimate Old Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 August 2020]; Waimate Old Cemetery headstone transcriptions [16 August 2020]; Christchurch diocese Roman Catholic Baptisms index (CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [17 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 August 1916 (Papers Past) [19 December 2015]

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