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WWI ANZACs of MARTINBOROUGH Wairarapa

Journal by ngairedith

MARTINBOROUGH is a town in South Wairarapa, roughly 80km from Wellington, over the Rimutaka Hill. John Martin is regarded as the town's founder and set out the first streets in the pattern of the Union Flag in the 19th century. Many of the town's streets are named after foreign cities visited by Martin. Before Martinborough was established the southern part of the region was known as Waihenga, a point that seems to be lost at times in the history of the district. A feature is the colonial architecture, one example of which is the historic Peppers Martinborough Hotel, built in 1882.

The 1880s depression meant Martinborough grew slowly. The town provided a stopover for workers heading to the coast, so transport and accommodation became key industries.

Unlike in other towns, Maori retained a significant presence. Residents included Niniwa Heremaia, the eldest daughter of Ngati Kahungunu tribal leader Heremaia Tamaihotua (also known as Ngapuruki, the leading chief of Ngati Hikawera of Ngati Kahungunu and Ani Kanaara, one of his 3 wives); and Maata Mahupuku, great-niece of Papawai marae leader Hamuera Tamahau Mahupuku and a childhood friend of Katherine Mansfield

* Martinborough First World War Memorial
* Martinborough on NZETC written 1904

The soldiers names were taken from the War Memorial gates which reads: In Memory Of Those Who Fell In The Great European War 1914 - 1918. Lest We Forget. Their Deeds So Nobly Done. Erected By Residents Of Martinborough District 1921.
NOTE . Be aware that although extensive research has gone into each name based on the initials on memorial, the shown soldier may not necessarily be correct.

BARTON,
Memorial Gate has Pte H. C. Barton
Harry Charles
born 20 Nov 1893 to Robert & Mary Ann Barton
enlisted from Pirinoa, Featherston where he was a Farm Hand
served as Private 41723, 23rd Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company, NZEF
next of kin Robert Barton (father), Pirinoa, Featherston
embarked 14 March 1917 from Wellington on the Ruapehu
death Killed In Action 1 Aug 1917 aged 23 in Ypres, Belgium
memorials Messines Ridge NZ Memorial, Belgium & Martinborough Memorial Gates

BEATTY,
Memorial Gate has Pte A. Beatty
Arthur
born 9 March 1894 at Coalgate, Canterbury to Alexander Beatty & Jessie Duke
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 10/2853, 7th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, 1st Battalion
next of kin Alexander Beatty (father), Matamau, Hawke's Bay
embarked 9 Oct 1915 from Wellington on the Aparima
death Killed In Action 30 March 1918 on the Somme, aged 24
memorials Euston Road Cemetery, Somme, France & Martinborough Memorial Gates

BOYD,
Memorial Gate has Tpr A. C. Boyd
Alexander Colin
born 25 Jan 1896 in Martinborough, 8th of 8 children of William Boyd & Jessie Isabella Ross
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Trooper 13/980 with the 3rd Reinforcements, Auckland Mounted Rifles
next of kin Jessie Boyd (mother), 10 Martin Street, Upper Hutt
embarked 14 Feb 1915 at Wellington
death Killed In Action in Gallipoli, 28 Aug 1915 aged
memorials Hill 60 (NZ) Memorial Turkey, Auckland War Memorial, Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
His brother, John Boyd was an architect who designed many town & country residences in Martinborough and surrounding districts

CAMPBELL,
Memorial Gate has Pte M. M. Campbell
Murdock McLeod
born 19 May 1897, 5th of 5 children of Simon Campbell & Jessie Harrison
enlisted from Martinborough where he was farmer, probably on Stoney Creek station
served as Rifleman 32129, 13th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, Wellington Infantry Regiment
next of kin father Simon Campbell, Stoney Creek station manager, Martinborough
embarked 15 Nov 1916 from Wellington on the Maunganui
death Killed in Action on the Somme, 30 March 1918 aged 20
memorials Grevillers NZ Memorial, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France & Martinborough Memorial Gates

COMESKEY,
Memorial Gate has Pte L. Comeski
Peter Le Cuthbert 'Leo'
born in Auckland 10 Nov 1893 to James Comeskey & Sarah Jane McCready
enlisted from c/o Post Office, Martinborough where he was a telegraph linesman
served as Private 10/2894, 7th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, NZEF, Ruahine Company, 1st Battalion
next of kin mother Sarah Comeskey at Upper Hutt. Later moved to 105 Grange Rd, Dominion Rd, Auckland in 1916 (see notes)
embarked 9 Oct 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action on the Somme, France
memorials Caterpillar Valley NZ Memorial, Departement de la Somme & Martinborough Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* Leo's father, James Comeskey (1857-1914) was born in Ireland. He served twelve years in the Postal Service of the United Kingdom. He joined the Post and Telegraph Department in Auckland as a telegraphist two days before Christmas of 1884. In 1901 he was appointed Postmaster at Ohaeawai, Bay of Islands and in 1909 he became postmaster at Upper Hutt. He was a well-known bowler. James was 1 of the 8 men killed in the fire and mystery explosion in Upper Hutt on 28 March 1914
* Leo's brother, James Gerald Comeskey was also killed in France, on 29 July 1918

CORRIE,
Memorial Gate has Pte R. Corrie
Frank Reginald
born 15 March 1890 in England
worked for C. J. Reakes, Department of Agriculture, Wellington. Earlier lived in Copeland St., Wanganui and must have worked in Martinborough some time prior to war
served as Trooper/Corporal 11/520, Wellington Mounted Rifles, Main Body, NZEF
next of kin Mrs J. Fryer, Johannesburg, South Africa
embarked 16 Oct 1914 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 9 Aug 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli & St John's Trentham
. . NOTES . .
Mentioned in Despatches in connection with the operations described in General Ian Hamilton's despatch, 11 Dec 1915

. CURTIS / KJOSS .,
Memorial Gate has Pte E. Curtiss
. 1 .
CURTIS, Edmund Canute
* born 3 May 1887, in Lowestoft, England to William John & Charlotte Curtis, 12 Rotterdam Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
* enlisted from Dargaville
EMBARKED from Auckland
* Served as Temporary Sergeant 24/1622 Auckland Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
* His next of kin was William John & Charlotte Curtis, 12 Rotterdam Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk. England
* Killed in action 15 Sep 1916 on the Somme, France
Memorial at Caterpillar Valley
. 2 .
CURTIS, Edmund Comite
* born in Lowestoft, England to William John & Charlotte Curtis, 12 Rotterdam Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
* served as Corporal 24/1564 with the 3rd Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company, NZ Rifle Brigade. A Sailor
EMBARKED from Wellington for Egypt on 8 Jan 1916.
* His next of kin was W. J. Curtis (father), 12 Rotterdam Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.
NO DEATH DETAILS at Cenotaph
. 3 .
KJOSS, Karl . served as Charles Curtiss
* born 1887 in Kristiansand, Norway, to Oluf Emil & Jorgine Kathrine Kjoss
* served as Private 23145 with the Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, H Company
EMBARKED from Wellington May 1916 on the Tofua with the 4th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion, H Company, NZ Rifle Brigade
* His next of kin was bis brother, F. Kjoss, 113 Romilly Street, Westport
* Killed in Action 12 Oct 1917 in Ypres, Belgium.
Memorial at Tyne Cot

DANGER,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. Danger
James 'Jimmy'
birth name Hemi Hiu Te Miha
born 1892 to Hiu te Miha Danger & Te Iwi Ngaro Hiu, Greytown, Wairarapa
enlisted or worked at some time in Martinborough
served as Private 16/575 (A) with the 2nd Maori Contingent, NZ Pioneer Battalion
next of kin Mrs Eria te Whaiti (aunt), Greytown
embarked 18 Sep 1915 from Wellington to Egypt on the Waitemata
death Died of his Wounds 3 Sep 1917 in Belgium
memorials Wimereux Communal Cemetery France, Masterton, Greytown & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
The original Maori Contingent had trained at Avondale Racecourse and it sailed for Egypt in Feb 1915. The first draft of volunteers invited to reinforce that unit were known as the 2nd Maori Contingent. They began entering the new training camp near Devonport from 1 July 1915 but it was a full six weeks before the 330 or so volunteers were all together. A measles outbreak and insufficient completed huts for accommodation meant batches of men had to be kept back in their regions until the camp was fully ready. The Second Contingent embarked in Sep 1915 while the First Maori Contingent was fighting at Gallipoli. The two contingents eventually came together in Egypt and as part of the NZ Pioneer Battalion, they were transferred to the Western Front in France.

DONNELLY,
Memorial Gate has Tpr F. Donnelly
Francis Patrick
born 7 Dec 1895 1 of 6 children to Joseph Donnelly & Minnie Wilson
enlisted from Upper Plain, Masterton
served as Private 10/2588 with the 6th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion
next of kin J. Donnelly (father), Contractor, Martinborough, late of Pirinoa
embarked 14 Aug 1915 from Wellington for Egypt
death Killed In Action 2 Oct 1916 in France
memorials Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* Brother George Joseph Donnelly (below), also served
* Brother Arthur James Donnelly (1897-1969) also served, as Trooper, 9/810 3rd Reinforcements, Otago Mounted Rifles, embarking 14 Feb 1915

DONNELLY,
Memorial Gate has Pte G. J. Donnelly
George Joseph
born 20 Oct 1892 1 of 6 children to Joseph Donnelly & Minnie Wilson
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 10/157 with the Wellington Infantry Battalion, Main Body
next of kin Mr & Mrs J. Donnelly, Pirinoa, Martinborough
embarked 16 Oct 1914 from Wellington for Egypt
death Killed In Action 8 May 1915 in Gallipoli
memorials Twelve Tree Copse (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* Brother Francis Patrick Donnelly (above), also served
* Brother Arthur James Donnelly (1897-1969) also served, as Trooper, 9/810 3rd Reinforcements, Otago Mounted Rifles, embarking 14 Feb 1915

DOWMAN,
Memorial Gate has Pte M. H. Dowman
Hall 'Martin' Dowman
born 10 Dec 1883 in Martinborough, 3rd of 9 children of Hall Carr Dowman & Mary Josephine Martin
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a labourer working for Mr Oganfeldt
served as Private 8/1454 with the Otago Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements
next of kin H. Dowman (father), Matau, Taranaki,
embarked Feb 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 28 July 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Lone Pine Memorial, Anzac Turkey, Aro Valley War Memorial (close to where he lived in Mitchelltown) & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* His brother, William Francis Dowman (1886-1960), served as Private 34042 on the Western Front with the 21st Reinforcements, F Company, NZEF. He returned in 1919
* A Biography on Martin

DUNBAR,
Memorial Gate has Pte R. Dunbar
Robert
born 15 July 1894 to Jeremiah (1858-1942) & Elizabeth (1859-1943) Dunbar
enlisted from Naples Street, Martinborough
served as Private 10/236 with the Wellington Infantry Battalion, Main Body
next of kin Mrs E. Dunbar, Burwah Street, Berhampore
embarked 16 Oct 1914 from Wellington
death Killed in Action 8 June 1917 in Belgium
memorials Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
His father Jeremiah was a carpenter/builder. They lived at 38 Rhodes St., Wellington and, in 1912, were living in Burwah St, Berhampore Wellington

DAVIS,
Memorial Gate has Pte T. Davis
Thomas
born 5 April 1893 at Featherston, 3rd of 6 children of William Davis & Leah Holmes
enlisted from Tauherenikau
served as Private 10/1222 with the 2nd Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion
next of kin Mrs W. Davis (mother), Tauherenikau
embarked 14 Dec 1914 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 8 May 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Twelve Tree Copse cemetery, Greytown Memorial Soldiers Memorial Gates & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

FAIR,
Memorial Gate has Pte B. R. Fair
Bertram Rudolf
born 17 June 1895 to Johan 'John' Oscar Skogsborg Fair (aka Johan Oscar Skogsborg, aka Oscar Robert Fair) & Emily Mary Longdill.
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a Shepherd
served as Private 21237 with the 16th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company, NZEF, 2nd Battalion
next of kin Mrs Emily Mary Rich (mother), Birkdale, Birkenhead, Auckland
embarked 21 Aug 1916 from Wellington on the 'Mokoia'
death Killed In Action 20 April 1917 in Messines, Belgium
memorials La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Birkenhead War Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTE . .
* His mother was a daughter of Pynson Wilmot Longdill & Harriet Robinson who emigrated with her husband in 1859. She mother next married in 1908 to Horace Ruston Rich (read his father's link).
* He disembarked in Devonport, England on 24 Oct 1916 and marched in to Sling Camp. Proceeded overseas to France on 15 Nov 1916 & marched into Base Depot, Etaples. He joined his Battalion in the field on 7 Dec 1916 & was killed in action 4 months later.
* A brother, Horace Charles Skogsborg Fair married Marjory Winifred Pritchard in 1928

GRIBBEN,
Memorial Gate has Pte R. Gribben
Robert
born 12 Nov 1886, Broughshane, County Antrim, Ireland, 3rd of 8 known children (7 sons) of James Gribben (1841-1898) & Ann Jane Linton (1851-1906) of The Race Course, Lower Broughshane, Ballymena, Antrim
enlisted 10 June 1915 from Martinborough where he was a labourer
served as Rifleman 23/1393
next of kin Miss Rebecca Gribben (sister), Broughshane, Antrim
embarked 13 Nov 1915 from Wellington with the 2nd Reinforcements to 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, E Company
death Died of his Wounds 17 June 1916 aged 28 in France
memorials Bailleul Communal Cemetery Nord, France, Broughshane War Memorial, County Antrim & Martinborough Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* Several members of the Auckland police force have resigned from the service in order to enlist. The latest resignation is that of Constable Francis Gribben (1888-1974), who proceeds to camp this month. Constable Gribben has lost one brother, Corporal Samuel Gribben (1883-1916), 11th Battalion, Highland Infantry, who died of wounds received on the opening day of the Battle of Loos on 25 Sep 1915. Two other brothers, Private Robert Gribben (1886-1916) of Wellington and Private Andrew Gribben (1890-1944) of the West Coast, are also proceeding to the front.
* 15 June 1916 WOUNDED, Admitted To Hospital: Rifleman Robert Gribben, multiple wounds in the chest, arm and right leg, dangerously ill (Miss R. Gribben, Broughshane, Co. Antrim, Ireland, sister). Prior to his joining for active service he was a ganger in the employ of the Featherston County Council

HARRIS,
Memorial Gate has Pte G. E. Harris
George Edward
born 10 Dec 1889 in Dyerville, Martinborough, the 6th of 17 children of Abraham John 'Abe' Harris (born Taita) & Margaret Mary 'Maggie' O'Brien (born County Limerick)
enlisted from
served as Private 31268 with the 19th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company, NZEF
next of kin Abraham John Harris (father), Dyerville
embarked 15 Nov 1916 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 8 June 1917 in Belgium
memorials Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* this George's father Abraham & George Harris's father (next), were brothers
* His older brother, Leonard Harris (1885-1946), enlisted the same day and served as Private 31269, also with the 19th. He returned to Martinborough after the war, nearly completely deaf

HARRIS,
Memorial Gate has Pte G. H. P. Harris
George Pain Hutchinson
born 18 March 1892 in Martinborough, 5th of 5 children of George Harris & Charlotte Hutchinson
enlisted from Masterton where he had a Motor Business
served as Private 10172 with the 11th Reinforcements, K Company, Otago Infantry Regiment, NZEF
next of kin Mrs G. Harris (wife), Masterton
embarked 1 April 1916 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 15 Sep 1916 on the Somme, France
memorials Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* this George's father & George Harris's father Abraham (above), were brothers
* He married Ethel Louisa 'Ettie' Elers in Masterton on 8 Nov 1915. George was killed when their daughter Ihia was 10 months old. Ethel died 2 years after him, on 14 Nov 1918

HAUGHEY,
Memorial Gate has Pte C. A. Haughey
Charles
Served as Charles Carter
born 16 Dec 1895
enlisted from Cricketers Arms Hotel, Wellington
served as Private 10/2544 & (2nd time) 24529
next of kin Mrs A. Rains (sister), Main St., Martinborough
embarked 14 Aug 1915 with the 6th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, NZEF
Also embarked 2nd 27 May 1916 with the 13th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
death Killed In Action, 16 Sep 1916 on the Somme, France
memorials Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial, Longueval & Martinborough Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Charles was a stepbrother of Edmond Haughey of Wellington

HAWKE,
Memorial Gate has Cpl C. J. Hawke
Charles Joseph
born 2 May 1889 in Greytown, 2nd of 10 children of Charles Hawke & Mary Mortimer Jackson who were both born in Greytown and later moved to 113 Bannister St., Masterton
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a grocer
served as Lance-Corporal 24/1999 with the 4th Reinforcements to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, F Company, NZ Rifle Brigade (& Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd battalion)
next of kin Mary Hawke (mother), Martinborough
embarked 4 March 1916 at Wellington, as Rifleman, with the 10th Reinforcements (although he served with the 4th)
death Killed In Action 12 Oct 1917 in Ypres, Belgium
memorials Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium, Greytown Soldiers Memorial Park & Martinborough Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Auckland Weekly News, 15 Nov 1917 Lance-Corporal C. J. Hawke, aged 28 years, who was killed in action in France on October 12, was the second son of Mr and Mrs Charles Hawke, of Martinborough, late of Greytown. He was well-known in Greytown and Martinborough. He worked for the W.F.C.A. at Greytown for a number of years, also for Mr Kershaw, Martinborough. He enlisted with the tenth reinforcements and went through practically all the heavy fighting in France, being right through the Somme, Messines and other big battles. He came through without hurt until October 12, when he was killed.

HEWITT,
Memorial Gate has Lieut A. L. O. Hewitt
Arthur Lifford Oliver
born 22 May 1888 in Martinborough, 5th of 7 children of James Dudley Ryder Hewitt & Thomasine Riddiford
enlisted from Masterton
served as Sergeant Major 11/1395 with the 6th Reinforcements, Wellington Mounted Rifles
next of kin Mrs J. D. R. Hewitt (mother), Te Maire, Palmerston North
embarked 14 Aug 1915 from Wellington
death Died of his Wounds 9 Feb 1916 in Wgypt
memorials Cairo War Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
* Gained commission as Second Lieutenant on 21 October 1915
Wanganui Collegiate School Entered the School sixteen years ago, and was here till 1906. He left New Zealand as a non-commissioned officer with the 6th Reinforcements and in a very short time attained the rank of lieutenant. He was severely wounded at Anzac, on Nov 22nd 1915, while on duty at divisional headquarters and sent to Malta. Two subsequent operations unfortunately proved unavailing and he died on the 10th of February 1916. During his School career he was a Prefect, in the XI., the XV., and the shooting VIII.

INWOOD,
Memorial Gate has Cpl G. A. Inwood
Godfrey 'Alan'
born 24 May 1894, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 9th of 10 children of William James Inwood & Elizabeth Neasham Roberts
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Lance Corporal 12399, with the 4th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin Mrs E. Inwood (mother), Westport
embarked
death Killed In Action in Belgium 12 Oct 1917
memorials Tyne Cot Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Greymouth Evening Star, 3 Nov 1917 Mrs E. Inwood, Buller Bridge, received word that her son, Lance-Corporal G. A. Inwood, was killed in action on October 12th. The lance-corporal sailed with the 11th Reinforcements. He was engaged in the railway workshops when he enlisted. A brother is in camp.

KEARNEY,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. Kearney
James
possibly this James Kearney
born 19 Sep 1895 in Yichang (Ichang), the eldest son of Rev Thomas R. Kearney. His parents were missionaries affiliated with the Church of Scotland
emigrated to NZ around 1912 and took up farming
enlisted from had to be Marlborough at some time
served as Private 24/1700, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, F Company, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin Rev Thomas R. Kearney (father), Ichang, China
embarked 8 Jan 1916 from Wellington on the Tahiti
death Died of his Wounds 15 Sep 1916 in France
memorials Dartmoor cemetery, Somme Maramarua Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial gates

KERSHAW,
Memorial Gate has Cpl H. Kershaw
Harry Abraham 'John'
born 7 Nov 1884 in Wellington, son of John William & Alice Kershaw
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Corporal 11/2137, 9th Reinforcements Wellington Mounted Rifles, B Squadron, NZEF
next of kin John and Alice Kershaw, 34 Austin St, Wellington
embarked 8 Jan 1916 from Wellington on the 'Maunganui'
death Died of his Wounds 9 Jan 1917 at Messines, Belgium
memorials Kantara War Memorial, Egypt & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
His father, John William Kershaw was the Managing Partner of Messrs Pain and Kershaw. He was born in Timaru in March, 1873 and was educated at Mt Cook school, Wellington. He afterwards found employment for a short time with Messrs P. Hayman and Company, of Wellington and then learned the grocery trade under Mr W. Bristow. He was then employed for several years by the Wairarapa Farmers' Co-operative Association in Masterton, Carterton and Pahiatua. In Oct 1898, he entered the employment of Messrs Pain and Haycock and in the following year became a partner. He was a Commissioner and treasurer of the Town Board and a past master and treasurer of the local lodge of Oddfellows.

KINGDON,
Memorial Gate has Pte R. Kingdon
Roy Rayner
born 9 May 1891 in Lower Hutt 1 of 7 known children of John Holman Kingdon & Elizabeth Jane Rayner
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 10/1873, 4th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, NZEF
next of kin Mrs Elizabeth Jane Kingdon (mother), Lower Hutt
embarked 17 April 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 16 June 1915 in Gallipoli
memorials Shrapnel Valley cemetery, Anzac, Turkey & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

LAMB,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. Lamb
John Oliver
born 1881 in Romsey, Victoria, Australia 1 of 10 children of Henry Oliver Lamb (1854-1926) & Mary Jane Walker (1854-1942)
enlisted from Club Hotel, Martinborough
served as Trooper 9/840 with the Otago Mounted Rifles, 3rd Reinforcements
next of kin H. Lamb (father), Romsey, Victoria
embarked 14 Feb 1915 from Wellington
death 8 Jan 1919 at Greytown Military Hospital
memorials Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Wairarapa Age, 10 Jan 1919 Private John Lamb, a Martinborough returned soldier died in the Greytown Hospital on Tuesday evening, after undergoing an operation. Deceased returned to New Zealand wounded some eighteen months ago and has been in indifferent health Since. He was removed to the Greytown Hospital on Sunday, where he underwent an operation.
* Brother Bert 'Bertie' Lamb, Private 783 with the 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, was wounded at Gallipoli, returned to Australia wounded on 21 March 1915 and re-enlisted April 1916, as Driver 12252, 3rd Supply, AMTS & returned to Australia 23 July 1919
* Brother William Henry Lamb, Private 4748 with the 21st Australian Infantry Battalion, was killed in action at Bullecourt, France on 3 May 1917
* Brother Harry Lamb, Private 142, with the 11th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, was returned from war in Feb 1915 marked 'unlikely to become an efficient soldier', but he re-enlisted as Harry Lambing and returned to Australia 27 Aug 1917

LISTER,
Memorial Gate has Rfl O. L. Lister
Oswald Herbert
Memorial has O. L. Lister
born 30 Nov 1896, 1st of 5 known children of David McGill Lister (1866-1923) & Emma Beard (1869-1938)
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a baker in his father's business (see photo at his link)
served as Rifleman 57104, Reinforcements J Company 1st Battalion 3rd Reinforcements, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin
embarked 26 July 1917 from Wellington on the Ulimaroa
death Killed In Action 30 Aug 1918 in Bapaume, France
memorials Bancourt British Cemetery, France & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
His father, David McGill Lister was a Baker. He had the bakery & restaurant on Otaraia road, Martinborough

LOUGHMAN,
Memorial Gate has Pte D. P. Loughman
Daniel Patrick
born 3 July 1891 in Abbeyleix, Queens County (County Laois), Ireland
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Rifleman 12421, 6th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin M. Loughman (father), Abberleys, Queens County, Ireland
embarked May 1916 from Wellington
death Killed In Action in Belgium 7 June 1917
memorials Messines Ridge, NZ Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gate

LUIS,
Memorial Gate has Pte G. Luis
George
born 1 Feb 1881
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a labourer
served as Rifleman 1304, 3rd Reinforcements to 3rd Battalion, G Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
next of kin Campbell (friend), Stone Creek, Martinborough
embarked May 1916 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 1 Oct 1916 in Somme, France
memorials Warlencourt British Cemetery & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

McCORMICK,
Memorial Gate has Pte W. McCormack
William 'Bill'
this is the only William McCormick who died in WWI from this area, No McCormack
born 25 March 1882 in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
enlisted from 165 Owen Street, Wellington. Was a Shearer in Martinborough
served as Private 10/2216, 5th Reinforcements, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
next of kin Mrs G. W. Watson (sister), 10 Union Street, Kirkeudbright, Scotland
embarked 15 June 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 11 Aug 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey
memorials Chunuk Bair Cemetery & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

McDONALD,
Memorial Gate has Pte K. McDonald
Kenneth
born 21 Sep 1884 in Dundonnell, Ullapool, Scotland to Duncan McDonald & Katherine Ross
enlisted from Stoney Creek, Martinborough where he was a shepherd for Mr Campbell (see Campbell & Luis above)
served as Private 10/1891 with the Wellington Infantry Battalion, 5th Reinforcements.
next of kin D. McDonald (father), Dundonald, via Ullapool, Ross-shire, Scotland
embarked June 1915 on the Maunganui
death Killed In Action 12 Nov 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey & Martinborough War Memorial Gates & is also mentioned on his father's headstone at the Bordbuie Burial Ground (his father died 4 months after him)
. . NOTES . .
Private Kenneth McDonald, who is reported among to-day's list of killed at the Dardanelles, is a brother of Miss Agnes McDonald, of Brook House, Masterton.

McGILLICUDDY,
Memorial Gate has Bdr D. P. McGillicudy
Patrick
born 9 Nov 1891 in Farranfore, County Kerry, Ireland to Daniel McGillicuddy (1858-) & Winifred Murphy (1864-1949)
enlisted from Dyverville, Martinborough
served as Bombardier 2/1932, NZ Field Artillery, 1st Howitzer Battery, NZ Field Artillery, 5th Reinforcements
next of kin Daniel McGillicuddy (father), Farranfore, County Kerry, Ireland
embarked from Wellington as Driver McGillicuddy
death Accidentally Killed 12 June 1918 in a Railway Accident in France
memorials Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

MOWLEM,
Memorial Gate has Sgt J. Mowlem
James 'Jim'
born 11 Aug 1877 in Wainuiomata to Captain John Mowlem
enlisted from Martinborough where he was an Engineer/Bush Contractor. Last employer, G. Chapman, Masterton
served as Sergeant 23/42, 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, A Company.
next of kin Mrs Gladys Victoria Mowlem (wife), c/o J. Thompson, Church Square, Cape Town. Also Mrs Mowlem c/9 Mrs Hattridge, London Road Observatory. Also advice Mary Elliott, sister, Grange, Feilding
embarked 9 Oct 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 15 Sep 1916 on the Somme, France
memorials Caterpillar Valley Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
James was the 4th of 9 children of Captain John Mowlem (1840-1910), from Dorsetshire, of the ship Electra & Agnes Sinclair (1846-1914), eldest daughter (& twin with brother Duncan), the 1st white children born in Wainuiomata to Ewen 'Hugh' Sinclair Esq., of Mownui who was later a Coroner in Palmerston North. James also served in the South African Campaign and in Egypt. In Feb 1900 he was promoted to Corporal and was in South Africa with Brabants Horse at Tylden, South Africa. In 1908 James & his new wife, Gladys Victoria, made a visit to NZ to visit with relatives. After the war he took charge of a Government mineral water factory at Bloemfontein. They stayed a few weeks in Palmerston North then returned to South Africa. When he was killed he left a widow (Gladys) & 1 child. After his death Gladys next married G. Phillips and had various addresses on James' papers; 8 Bank Place, Portmadoc, Wales (Sep 1923); c/o Standard Bank, South Africa; & 10 Clements Lane, Lombard St., London.
*About his father . Captain John Mowlem, J.P., who served as a member of the Palmerston North Borough Council for two years, has had a prosperous and interesting career. A native of Swanage, Dorsetshire, where he was born in 1840, he spent his twelfth birthday in India, having been put to a seafaring life at an early age, serving five years in the Indian trade. After two years on a vessel engaged in carrying horses from the Cape to India, during the Indian Mutiny, Captain Mowlem served as third, second and chief officer on the 'Asterope' trading to New Zealand and when twenty-five years of age became master of the 'Electra', a vessel which made many trips to Wellington, bringing large numbers of passengers. In 1869 Captain Mowlem left the sea and settled at Wainuiomata, where he acquired 2000 acres of land .. more at his link

O'CALLAGHAN,
Memorial Gate has Pte P. O'Callaghan
Patrick
born in Lyttelton 17 March 1882 to John O'Callaghan (1849-1934) from County Cork & Elizabeth Graham (1852-1933) who later settled in Greytown
enlisted from Pirinoa, South Wairarapa (25km south of Martinborough)
served as Trooper 11/804 (later Acting Sergeant) with the Wellington Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements
next of kin John O'Callaghan (father), Greytown
embarked 14 Dec 1914 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 5 Dec 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Chunuk Bair cemetery Gallipoli, Greytown Memorial Gates & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

ORR,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. Orr
James
born 7 April 1891 in Masterton, son of James Orr (1862-1917) & Mary Ann Graham (1862-1895)
enlisted from Martinborough where he was farming
served as Private 38062 with the Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements, B Company, NZEF
next of kin Mary Ellen Orr (sister), Martinborough
embarked Feb 1917 on the Aparima from Wellington
death Killed In Action 29 July 1917 at Ypres, Belgium
memorials Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
He was a brother of Winifred Mary Ann Orr who married Charles Ashton Barker & lived at Mangatoro, near Dannevirke

PARKES,
Memorial Gate has Pte T. Parkes
Charles
aka Charles Samuel Parkes & the only Parkes found for area
born 12 Jan 1886 in Cranbrook, Kent, England to Osee & Ann Parkes
enlisted from Te Ore Ore. Was a gardener, farm labourer in Masterton, Gladstone, Martinborough
served as Private 20408 with the 16th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company, NZEF
next of kin Mrs A. Parkes (mother), Golford Road, Cranbrook, England
embarked Aug 1916 on the Mokoia from Wellington
death Killed in Action 31 July 1917 at Ypres, Belgium
memorials Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

PLAYLE,
Memorial Gate has Pte S. E. Playle
Stanley Edwin
born 20 May 1893, 1st of 5 children of Edwin James Playle & Mary McNaulty of Martinborough
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 10/39 with the Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Main Body
next of kin Mrs E. J. Playle (mother), Pahiatua
embarked Oct 1914 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 16 Sep 1916 on the Somme
memorials Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial, Memorial Gates Greytown, Memorial War Gates Martinborough

PLUMMER,
Memorial Gate has Pte D. A. Plummer
Douglas Algernon
born 26 Dec 1880 in Australia
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a station hand
served as Rifleman 12249 with the 3rd Reinforcements to 3rd Battalion, G Company, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin Mrs E. E. Plummer (mother),
Martinborough (later Kelburn)
embarked 6 May 1916 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 2 Oct 1916 on the Somme
memorials A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, France & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

RESTON,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. Reston
John
born 16 Feb 1882 in Petone, Lower Hutt, 8th of 11 children of James Reston & Jean Russell Wilson
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Trooper 11/233 with the Wellington Mounted Rifles, Main Body
next of kin Mrs Jean Reston (mother), Makarika, Waipiro Bay
embarked 16 Oct 1914 on the Orari
death Killed In Action 8 Aug 1915 at Gallipoli
memorials Chunuk Bair Gallipoli, Auckland War Memorial Museum & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

RONALDSON,
Memorial Gate has Sgt B. Ronaldson
Brian
born 23 Feb 1896 in Wellington 4th of 8 children of Thomas Sheriff Ronaldson & Fanny Mary Berand Luckie
enlisted from Hinakura, Martinborough
served as Trooper 11/365 with the Wellington Mounted Rifles, Main Body
next of kin Thomas Sheriff Ronaldson, Public Trust, Wellington
embarked 16 Oct 1914 from Wellington on the Orari
death Killed In Action 27 Aug 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey
memorials Hill 60 Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Brian was Mentioned in Despatches. Parents, Thomas & Fanny Ronaldson, then of Joll Street, Karori

SCALES,
Memorial Gate has Pte C. H. J. Scales
Cecil Hastings 'Jack' aged 25
born 29 June 1889 in Lower Hutt, 3rd of 5 children of George Herbert Scales & Gertrude Maynard Snow
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Cecil Hastings Herdson, 3/117 with the NZ Medical Corps
next of kin Mrs Elizabeth D. Maughan, Seaton Road, Waihi
embarked 16 Oct 1914 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 30 May 1915 in Gallipoli
memorials Lone Pine Cemetery & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
. 1 of 3 sons who served in Gallipoli
* 1891 - 1915 George 'Arthur' Maynard Scales. Served as Sapper 10/330, Arthur Scales. Evacuated ill from Gallipoli & died of disease in Oxfordshire
* 1889 - 1915 Cecil Hastings 'Jack' Scales. Served as Trooper 3/117, Cecil Hastings Herdson, with the NZ Medical Corps. Killed in Action in Gallipoli
* 1885 - 1970 Edward Herbert Athol Scales. Served as Sapper 4/959, NZ Engineers, 5th Reinforcements, Field Engineers

SCALES,
Memorial Gate has Pte G. A. M. Scales
George Arthur Maynard
born 16 April 1891 in Lower Hutt, 4th of 5 children of George Herbert Scales & Gertrude Maynard Snow
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Sapper 10/1330 with the Wellington Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements, NZ Engineers
next of kin G. H. Scales (father), Lower Hutt
embarked 14 Dec 1914 form Wellington
death Died of Disease 18 Dec 1915 in Oxfordshire, England after being evacuated ill from Gallipoli
memorials Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey Lane, Oxfordshire & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
. 1 of 3 sons who served in Gallipoli
* 1891 - 1915 George 'Arthur' Maynard Scales. Served as Sapper 10/330, Arthur Scales. Evacuated ill from Gallipoli & died of disease in Oxfordshire
* 1889 - 1915 Cecil Hastings 'Jack' Scales. Served as Trooper 3/117, Cecil Hastings Herdson, with the NZ Medical Corps. Killed in Action in Gallipoli
* 1885 - 1970 Edward Herbert Athol Scales. Served as Sapper 4/959, NZ Engineers, 5th Reinforcements, Field Engineers

SCARLETT,
Memorial Gate has Pte N. Scarlett
Norman William
only N Scarlett who died WWI
born 5 Oct 1896, 2nd of 6 known children of Joseph Scarlett & Mary Hickling
enlisted from Martinborough? where he was a farm labourer
served as Private 33772 with the 21st Reinforcements, C Company Canterbury Regiment, 2nd Battalion, NZEF
next of kin Mrs Joseph Scarlett, Prebbleton, Canterbury
embarked 19 Jan 1917 from Wellington on the Ulimaroa
death Killed In Action 30 Sep 1917 in Belgium
memorials Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Prebbleton War Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

SMITH,
Memorial Gate has Pte J. G. M. Smith
John George Muller
born 7 March 1898 in Martinborough to John Smith & Lillian Annie Hodges
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 82657 with the NZ Training Unit
next of kin John Smith (father), Martinborough
embarked n/a
death 17 Nov 1918 of Disease (Flu Pandemic) in Featherston Camp
memorials Martinborough Cemetery & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

STUMBLES,
Memorial Gate has Pte A. Stumbles
Albert
born 24 May 1883 in Timaru, 11th of 13 children of John Stumbles & Harriet Coleman
enlisted from Martinborough. He was a labourer in Martinborough by at least 1911
served as Private 28227, 18th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company, NZEF
next of kin father John Stumbles, Pleasant Point, Timaru
embarked Oct to Dec 1916 on the Willochra at Wellington
death Killed in Action at Ypres, Belgium 4 Oct 1917
memorials Tyne Cot, Passchendaele & Pleasant Point, Timaru

SUTHERLAND,
Memorial Gate has Pte W. D. Sutherland
William David
born 21 July 1886 to David Malcolm Sutherland & Helen Ross
enlisted from Ngaipu, Hinakura, Martinborough
served as Rifleman 39912, NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion, Reinforcements J Company
next of kin father, David Sutherland
embarked April to June 1917 on the Corinthic from Wellington
death Died of his Wounds in Belgium on 11 Oct 1917 aged 31
memorials Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
. . NOTES . .
The following was written by Ida O'Dayer, Sister in Charge of the Australian Casualty Clearing Station where William was taken to and from Alexander Sutherland's published family history entitled 'Sutherlands of Ngaipu' (1947) .. France 12 Oct 1917. Mr David Sutherland. Dear Sir, I am writing to tell you about your son, Rifleman W. D. Sutherland, 39912. He was brought into this hospital on the 8th, very collapsed, suffering from a severe shell wound in his right arm and chest which penetrated into his lung, also one of his legs. He was immediately warmed up and made comfortable in bed, but the injury done to his lung had been too severe; he never really picked up at all, and died on the morning of the 11th. I am afraid it is not very much to tell you, but it might be some comfort to his people to know that he was in hospital where he received every possible care and attention, and that he was relieved of all his pain. I told him when he was first brought in not to worry, that I would write and tell you he was wounded, and he was very relieved. He sent his love to everyone and hoped soon to be well enough to write himself. He had no idea at all that he was dying. He was buried to-day in a military cemetery at 'Nine Elms,' near Poperinghe. All his personal belongings will eventually be sent on to you. I remain, yours faithfully

WAKELIN,
Memorial Gate has Pte H. Wakelin
Holroyd aka 'Horoiti'
born 21 Jan 1895 in Feilding, son of Oliver Wakelin & Fannabella Ayres
enlisted from Martinborough
served as Private 47650, 26th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company, 4th Battalion, NZRB.
next of kin his wife Hinehuirangi in Martinborough
embarked
death 29 Aug 1918 in France
memorials Favreuil British Cemetery, France & Martinborough Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Holroyd's father Oliver, was with the BNZ, Whangarei, Auckland & Feilding before taking over the Martinborough Hotel until he deserted the family saying he had 'found pastures new'. Holroyd married Hine Huirangi Karauria Namana (1897-1966) in 1916.
NZ Times, 18 Sep 1918 HOLROYD - On August 29th 1918, killed in action, somewhere in France, the only beloved son of Mrs Oliver Wakelin, Martinborough

WAUGH,
Memorial Gate has Pte C. Waugh
Clifford
born 16 Dec 1895 in Dyerville, Martinborough, son of William Waugh & Augusta Powrie
enlisted from Martinborough where he was farming
served as Private 18122 with the 17th Reinforcements Signalling Section, Auckland Infantry Regiment, NZEF
next of kin W. Waugh (father), Dyerville
embarked Sep 1916 on the Pakeha from Wellington
death Killed In Action 7 June 1917 in Belgium
memorials Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial & Martinborough War Memorial Gates

WARREN,
Memorial Gate has Pte W. H. Warren
William Henry
born 16 Jan 1890, 2nd of 11 children of Lewis Benjamin Warren & Alice Ellen Barber
enlisted from Martinborough where he was a farmer
served as Rifleman 41914, NZ Rifle Brigade, Reinforcements, G Company
next of kin father Lewis Warren of Martinborough
embarked 14 March 1917 on the Ruapehu from Wellington
death Died of his Wounds 23 Oct 1917 in Belgium aged 26
memorials √Čtaples Military Cemetery √Čtaples, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France & Auckland War Memorial

WILKINS,
Memorial Gate has Pte T. F. Wilkins
Thomas Frederick
born 11 Oct 1885, 5th of 7 children of Henary/Henery Wilkins & Margaret Evans
enlisted from Martinborough where he was employed by Messrs Pain & Kershaw
served as Rifleman (later Corporal) 22898, 7th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company, NZ Rifle Brigade
next of kin H. Wilkins (father), Totara Street, Nelson
embarked 27 May 1916 from Wellington
death Died of his Wounds, 6 May 1917 in France
memorials Bailleul Communal Cemetery Nord, France, Nelson Cenotaph, Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Mr Henry Wilkins of Waimea road, was advised yesterday that his second son, Corporal T. F. Wilkins of the Expeditionary Force, was killed in action in France early this month. The deceased lived in Nelson for several years and then went to Martinborough, where he enlisted

WILLIAMS,
Memorial Gate has Pte L. Williams
Leslie John
born 16 Feb 1895 to John Alexander Williams & Eleanor Hambleton
enlisted from c/o Post Office, Martinborough
served as Private 10/3125 with the 7th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion
next of kin Mrs E. Williams (mother), Beverley Road, Timaru
embarked 9 Oct 1915 from Wellington
death Killed In Action 16 Sep 1916 on the Somme
memorials France Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial France & Martinborough War Memorial Gates
. . NOTES . .
Evening Post, 10 Oct 1916 WILLIAMS - Killed in action on the 16th September, Private Leslie John Williams, late of Martinborough P.O. and second son of the late J. A. Williams, P.O., Timaru and grandson of Mrs E. Williams, 12 Crosby-terrace, Wellington.
* It is a sad coincidence that two cousins, Private Charles Leslie Hutchinson and Private Leslie John Williams, should have been killed in action in France on the same day. The former belonged to Wellington and was the nephew of Mrs E. Williams of Crosby-terrace. Private Williams came from Timaru where his mother resides.

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