BLACK, James Ivan Meredith
(Service number 316817)

Aliases Know as Ivan
First Rank Cadet Last Rank Second Lieutenant


Date 14 May 1898 Place of Birth Oxford, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Leathem, Blenheim
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. BLACK (father), Leathem, Blenheim
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in Royal Air Force
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 8 November 1918
Transport Ionic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Royal Air Force

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 23 March 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Insurance agent; farmer


Date 15 July 1981 Age 83 years
Place of Death Hastings
Memorial or Cemetery Hastings Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 504
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Ivan Meredith Black, known as Ivan, was born on 14 May 1898 at Oxford, New Zealand, the only son of John and Louisa (née Meredith) Black. John and Louisa had married in 1890 at Waimate ad had three daughters and their son Ivan. Ivan’s schooling started at Waihaorunga School in February 1905. It appears that the family spent some time in England from March 1906. In March 1907 Ivan returned to Waihaorunga.

He was certified as medically fit for Active Service on 19 August 1918 and recommended for an Officer Cadetship. J. I. M. Black, of Blenheim, gained his Royal Aero Club certificate at the Canterbury Flying School, Christchurch, on 2 November 1918. Cadet J. I. M. Black was a sheep fain the R.A.F..rmer at Leathem, Blenheim, when he embarked with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force per the “Ionic” on 8 November 1918. He named his father as next-of-kin – J. Black, Leathem, Blenheim. John and Louisa had divorced in 1916, allowing John to marry Maria Ethel Perry in 1918.He was mobilized on 1 January 1919 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 15 February 1919, being granted indefinite leave from this date. Black saw no flying in England. Disharged on 23 March 1919, he sailed for New Zealand on 9 July 1919

Ivan married Eileen Mildred Harris in 1922 at St Mary’s Church, Timaru. They resided for some years at Timaru. Eileen died on 17 December 1947 at Hamilton/ She was cremated at Waikumete. Some time after Ivan remarried. He died on 15 July 1981 at Hastings, aged 83, and was buried in the Hastings Cemetery.


– Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 August 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch) [07 August 2021]; Hastings Cemetery burial record (Hastings District Council) [07 August 2021]; extract from Personnel File (Archives NZ)

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