James Kennedy POPPLE - Cambridge Waikato
James Kennedy POPPLE
Jim was born in Cambridge on 26 June 1884, the son of Frederick and Amelia nee Hogg, local store owners. He was educated at Cambridge Primary School and joined the Duke of Cambridge Lodge on 3 February 1903 when his occupation was a storeman. He became Grand Noble of the Lodge in 1904.
The family left the district in 1910 and Jim married Alice Muriel GRAY in 1914. Two of Jim's brothers died in World War One - Arthur Percival Glover 1918, and Stanley Norman 1918.
Jim returned to Cambridge with a bowling team from the East Coast in 1938 and the local paper recorded : ‘Mr Popple referred to the days when the site of the bowling greens was the borough gravel pit, and later became the dump for all the rubbish in the town. As a lad, he and his friends had great fun rat hunting among the thousands of oil tins which were dumped in the pit when the borough was lighted by kerosene lamps.'
In 1938 James was licensee of the Albion Hotel in Gisborne and he died there 27 April 1947.
his parents Frederick POPPLE & Amelia Elizbeth HOGG married in 1881
the children (James's siblings) of Frederick & Amelia Popple were:
1882 - 1941 Frederick William Popple
- Frederick died aged 58
- nothing else known of him at this time
1883 - 1969 Robert Harold Popple
- Robert married Charlotte Emma BECK (1877-1931) in 1912
1884 - 1947 James Kennedy Popple
- James married Alice Muriel GRAY (1894-1971) in 1914
1886 - 1918 Arthur Percival Glover Popple
- Arthur was KILLED IN ACTION in France 8 Oct 1918 aged 32 exactly 5 months after his brother Stanley (see below)
- Rifleman 41354 with NZRB Reinforcement H Company
- Next of Kin: brother James kennedy Popple of Tokimaru Bay
- Plot1. Row C. Grave 24 Marcoing British Cemetery, Nord, France
1888 - 1964 Thomas Raymond Popple
- Thomas served in WWI as Trooper 9/146 with the Otago Mounted Rifles
- he enlisted from Riverton, Southland
- he embarked from Port Chalmers 16 Oct 1914. He was then 26
- his next of kin was his mother Amelia who was then living in Waihi
- Thomas married Bessie Eileen Elizabeth PERRETT in 1920
1890 - ? Hazel Pearl Popple
- Hazel married Clynck Graham McKECHNIE in 1907
1891 - 1918 Stanley Norman Popple
- Stanley was KILLED IN ACTION in France 8 May 1918 aged 27 exactly 5 months before his brother Arthur (see above)
- Private 61770 with the NZEF 31st Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company
- Next of Kin: brother Frederick William Popple of 144 Tasman St, Wellington
- Plot 1. Row H. Grave 10. Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
1893 - ? Olive Lynette Popple
- Olive married Janes Hardy REID (1883-1961) in 1908
1896 - Margaret Myrtle Popple
- Margaret married John Samuel WALTERS (1883-1951) in 1916
this bio was taken from NZETC and written about 1900:
... Popple, Frederick, Storekeeper, Phoenix Store, Cambridge. Mr. Popple was born in Nottingham, England, in 1853, and came to Auckland by the ship “Flying Foam,” in 1864. Until 1879 he resided in Coromandel where he gained a general business experience in the local stores. In that year he settled at Ngaruawahia, where he continued for two years, and then went to Cambridge, where he was employed for six years and a half in Mr. Merrick's store. His present business at Cambridge was established by him in 1888. Mr. Popple was married, in 1881, to a daughter of Mr. R. Hogg, of Ngaruawahia, and has six sons and three daughters.