HOSKIN, James Nicholas Gordon
(Service number 9/2037)

Aliases Known as and enlisted as Gordon
First Rank Quartermaster Sergeant Last Rank


Date 26 December 1892 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 19 October 1915 Age 22 years
Address at Enlistment Kibblewhite & Vaughanm Ashburton
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin James Henry HOSKIN (father), Otekaieke, North Otago; Mrs Henrietta HOSKIN, St Andrews, South Canterbury - altered by authority of mother
Religion Church of England
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 10th Reinforcements, Otago Mounted Rifles, D Squadron
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
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
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 December 1974 Age 81 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden 25 u
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Nicholas Gordon Hoskin, known as Gordon, was born on 26 December 1892 [per baptism register] or 2 January 1893 [per registration] at Timaru and baptised at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru, with his brother Artileur, on 1 July 1894. He was the first-born of James Henry and Helen (Ellen) Henrietta (née Nicholls) Hoskin. Gordon was educated at Kennington and Winton schools in Southland. When he enlisted – as Gordon Hoskin - on 19 October 1915 at Trentham, he was a motor mechanic for an Ashburton business. Initially his father was named as next-of-kin – James Henry Hoskin, Otekaieke, North Otago. This was altered by the authority of his mother to Mrs Henrietta Hoskin, St Andrews, South Canterbury.

G. Hoskin, 9/2037, of St Andrews, returned to New Zealand from Egypt, in a draft of 1095, per the “Ulimaroa”, which was due at Auckland on 6 August 1919. After the war Gordon resumed his work as an engineer, although he did apply, as a discharged soldier, to the Canterbury Land Board. Unfortunately, James Nicholas Gordon Hoskin had a propensity for breaking, entering and thieving, starting when he was still a schoolboy. In 1923 he was sentenced to two years imprisonment on such charges, and in 1936 to three months with hard labour. In the 1940s he married Lucy Patricia Collins and later turned to farming before retiring to Timaru. James Nicholas Gordon Hoskin was cremated, his plaque at Salisbury Park Crematorium inscribed as Gordon Hoskin. His brother, Artileur Hoskin, also served in World War One, as did cousins, Cecil Lancelot Hoskin, Edward David Hoskin and Tararua Augustus Wesley Nicholls, and an uncle, William Sidney Valentine Nicholls. Another uncle, George Albert Hoskin, served in the South African War. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [09 November 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [21 November 2020]; School Admission records; Salisbury Park Crematorium plaque image & record [21 November 2020]; NZ Times, 31 July 1919, Press, 29 November 1919, Evening Star, 28 September 1923 (Papers Past) [29 October 2020; 21 November 2020]

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