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|
|Date||19 October 1915||Age||22 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Kibblewhite & Vaughanm Ashburton|
|Previous Military Experience|
|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|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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|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|
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 (ancestry.com.au) [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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