INKSTER, James Lawrence
(Service number 3/588)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 April 1894 Place of Birth Queen Street, Waimate, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Farm Road, Northland, Wellington
Occupation Civil servant
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Lawrence INKSTER (father), Farm Road, Northland, Wellingtom
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Medical Corps
Unit, Squadron, or Ship No. 1 Stationary Hospital
Date 21 May 1915
Transport Marama, transferred to Moldavia
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Medical Corps

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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Civil servant


Date 28 December 1965 Age 71 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated & ashes interred Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Soldiers Niche, Plot 52
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Lawrence Inkster was born on 6 April 1894 at Waimate, the eldest son of Laurence and Levina (Lavinia, née Tregoning) Inkster. His early education was probably at Waimate. In April 1910 he was admitted to Dunedin Technical Classes. He was 15 years 11 months old, an insurance clerk and living at North East Valley. James was a civil servant when he enlisted, naming his father as next-of-kin – Lawrence Inkster, Farm Road, Northland, Wellington. He was single and living at home. Private J. L. Inkster embarked with the New Zealand Medical Corps (No. 1 Stationary Hospital) per the “Marama” on 21 May 1915 at Wellington. He transferr to “Moldavia” for Suez. Private J. L. Inkster was one of the survivors when the Marquette was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea on 23 October 1915.

James Laurence Inkster married Minnie Wyper Barr in 1922. He died on 28 December 1965 at Wellington, aged 71 years. He was cremated, his ashes interred in a soldier’s plot at Karori Cemetery. His brother, Herbert Michael Inkster, and several cousins served in World War One – Herbert Inkster (24523), Robert James Inkster and Edwin Clifford Inkster.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 August 2021]; School record (Dunedin Branch NZSG) [09 August 2021]; Karori Cemetery headstone transcription [09 August 2021]; Karori cremation & burial records (Wellington City Council) [09 August 2021]; Dominion, 3 November 1915 (Papers Past) [09 August 2021]

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