(Service number 14131)
|Aliases||Known as Joe. Born Alfred James GLADWELL|
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||24 September 1895||Place of Birth||Mile End Old Town, London, England|
|Date||9 March 1916||Age||20 years|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o Mrs Gunn, Maltby Avenue, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs A. GUNN (aunt), Maltby Avenue, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||5th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||26 June 1916|
|Transport||Tahiti or Maunganui|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||25 March 1919||Reason||No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action - gunshot wounds left thigh.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Mechanic; milkman; factory hand; clerk
|Date||16 September 1976||Age||80 years 11 months|
|Place of Death||Levin|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Taita Old Cemetery, Lower Hutt|
|Memorial Reference||Block A, Plot 1670|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Joseph McDermott or MacDermott, known as Joe, was born on 24 September 1895 at Mile End Old Town, London, England. But he was born Alfred James Gladwell, the second son of Manasseh and Isabella (née Chapman) Gladwell. Alfred James Gladwell, who was at home at Mile End with his family in 1901 and 1911, was admitted to Essex Street School on 26 January 1903.In 1911 he was working as a tea dealer. Presumably he took the name Joseph McDermott when he came to New Zealand. Interestingly, Joseph MacDermott was the name of his brother-in-law at home in London, the husband of his older sister Isabella Louisa Gladwell.
Joseph McDermott enlisted on 9 March 1916 at Trentham. A farm labourer at Chamberlain, Albury, South Canterbury, single and of Church of England affiliation, he named his aunt as next-of-kin – Mrs A. Gunn, Maltby Avenue, Timaru. His address was Care of Mrs Gunn, Maltby Avenue, Timaru. Mrs Gunn has not been identified. Corporal J. McDermott embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade of the 5th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington on 26 June 1916.
J. McDermott, 14131, embarked at Southampton on 31 July 1918 for transfer to “Marama” at Marseilles. So, he returned to Timaru, New Zealand per the “Marama” (Draft 175), which arrived on 20 September 1918. He was discharged on 25 March 1919, no longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in Action – gunshot wounds to his left thigh. All his service, for which he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, was in Western Europe.
Joseph McDermott married Agnes Rose Dunn on 24 September 1919 at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru. He named his parents as Joseph McDermott and Isabella Chapman. Their first child, Joseph Leslie McDermott, was born on 30 July 1920 at Timaru and baptised on 16 July 1921 at St Mary’s. Little Joseph Leslie died in 1927 at Christchurch. Joseph died on 16 September 1976 at Levin, eight days before his 81st birthday. He was buried at Taita Old Cemetery, Lower Hutt, with his wife Agnes Rose McDermott who had died in September 1967. They were survived by three children. Alfred Thomas McDermott, a nephew of ‘Joseph McDermott’, served with the Merchant Navy in World War Two and lost his life in 1944.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 September 2023]; 1901 & 1911 England census returns (ancestry.com.au) [11 September 2023]; School Admission record (ancestry.com.au) [11 September 2023]; England birth index [11 September 2023]; NZ death index (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 September 2023]; Taita Old Cemetery headstone image (Find A Grave) [11 September 2023]; Evening Post, 7 September 1918, Timaru Herald, 11 September 1918 (Papers Past) [11 August 2016; 11 September 2023]
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