GOURLEY, James Alexander
(Service number 32325)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||1 October 1880||Place of Birth||Hunter, South Canterbury|
|Address at Enlistment||Hunter|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. E. PRATLEY (mother), Hunter, Makikihi|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||16 August 1959||Age||78 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Waimate Old Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Area 28, Plot 375|
|New Zealand Memorials|
James Alexander Gourley was born on 1 October 1880 at Hunter, New Zealand, the son of James Gourley and Mary Gourley. His mother, who was named as his next-of-kin, was Mary Elizabeth Barnett Green. She married Edward Pratley in 1886. On enlisting, James stated that his father was deceased. J. A. Gourley, of Makikihi, handed in his name for active service in March 1916. On 28 July 1916 at Trentham, he was admitted to hospital.
James was not identified as a son in the administration of his mother’s estate in 1934. James Alexander Gourley died on 16 (or 13) August 1959 at Oamaru. A pensioner, bequeathed his estate to his two sisters, Ellen Mildred Kennard (née Pratley) and Beatrice Maude Shepherd (née Pratley), both of Waimate, and appointed Ellen the executrix. He wished his body to be buried in the Waimate Cemetery. He is buried in Waimate Old Cemetery, alongside his mother and Edward Prattley [sic].
Waimate Old Cemetery headstone transcription [31 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 29 March 1916 (Papers Past) [28 August 2020]
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