SMITH, James
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Aliases Known as Jim
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Date 6 April 1881 Place of Birth Timaru

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Occupation Farmer
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Biographical Notes

James Smith, known as Jim, was born on 6 April 1881 at Timaru, the eldest son of Scottish-born James Smith and his Irish-born wife, Mary née O’Neill. James and Mary married in 1881 and seven children were born at Timaru. Three more were born in the North Island. James was baptised Roman Catholic on 18 August 1881 at Timaru. His early education was surely at Timaru. His sister Margaret attended Sacred Heart School, Timaru, and both Cornelius and Jane attended Waimataitai School, Timaru, Cornelius having gone there from the Roman Catholic School. At the end of 1894 the family moved to the North Island, settling at Mangaweka, where Mr Smith took up farming, his sons following him.

The Rangitikei Advocate of 2 February 1918 carried the news that Private J. Smith, of Kawhatau, was expected to reach his home in a few days, “having just returned from service overseas. He is reported to have suffered from pleurisy and pneumonia.”


From Our Own Correspondent.

A large number of relatives and friends assembled at the station to meet the late train on Saturday night which brought home two local soldiers in the persons of Ptes. Myles Byrne and Jim Smith, the latter it is understood having served with the Australian Forces. . . . . . . . . As the coach bearing the party drew into the town three rousing cheers were given in honour of the returned warriors. Private Smith left by car for his home across the river. It is announced that a welcome home social to several men who have returned recently will he held in the Oddfellows’ Hall next Friday evening.” (Rangitikei Advocate. 5 February 1918)

His brother, John Smith, died of illness on 19 February 1919 in England. Another brother, Cornelius Smith, also served in World War I, with the New Zealand Forces.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 October 2020]; Taihape Daily Times, 23 & 24 February 1917, Rangitikei Advocate, 2 & 5 February 1918 (Papers Past) [03 October 2020]; Baptism Index (Christchurch Roman Catholic Diocese CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [02 October 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [02 & 03 October 2020]

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