GUILD, James Alexander
(Service number 10516)

First Rank Lieutenant Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 18 March 1883 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. GUILD (mother), Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
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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 12th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery, No 4 Howitzer Battery
Date 6 May 1916
Transport Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery

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Date 6 June 1965 Age 82 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 93, Plot 286
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Alexander Guild was born on 18 March 1883 at Temuka, the eldest son of James and Janet Morton (née Storry) Guild. Along with his siblings he was educated at Milford School near Temuka. His father died in August 1914, right on the outbreak of war. Mr James Guild, senior, who had come out from Scotland in 1859, was well-known in the district as the farmer of “Trevenna”, Temuka.

Lieutenant J. A. Guild embarked for Suez, Egypt, with the New Zealand Field Artillery, No 4 Howitzer Battery, on 6 May 1916. In 1920 he married Caroline Mitchell, whose sister Emily was later to marry his brother, Malcolm Guild. James died at Temuka on 6 June 1965, aged 82, and was buried at Temuka, his wife Caroline with him. Malcolm Guild also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 April 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 April 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [01 May 2021]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [01 May 2021]

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