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James Waddell

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    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Inter War Lieutenant Colonel/Military AWMM
  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
In French Foreign Legion Uniform - This image may be subject to copyright restrictions.
James Waddell


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  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Waddell AWMM
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    11 October 1873 Public Source
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Public Source
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • Pre WW1 University Student/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 09 Mar 1905 Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • Tunisia AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
    • Verdun AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
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  • Military service
    • 2nd Battalion (Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment AWMM
    • Régiment de Marche d'Afrique AWMM
    • Regiment de Marche de la Legion etrangere AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (France) AWMM
      Croix de Guerre (France) with 7 palmes AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (France) AWMM
    • Colonial Medal (France)
      Morocco commemorative medal (France)
      China expedition commemorative medal (France) Public - Olivier - 24 March 2016 - French Leonore Database

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • Pre WW1 1895 AWMM
      New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre WW1 25 April 1900 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment


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    • Embarkation details
      Pre WW1 Second Lieutenant AWMM

    Prisoner of war

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    • Capture details
    • Days interned
    • Liberation date
    • POW liberation details
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    Medical history

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    • Medical notes

    Last known rank

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    • Last rank
      Inter War 1926 AWMM
      Retired AWMM
      Lieutenant Colonel/Military AWMM

    Biographical information

    Biographical information

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    • Son of Ruth and Thomas Waddell (Source: BDM Historical Records Online)

      Educated at Otago Boys High School (Source:Public source)

      Husband of Blanche Prud'homme (m 1898) and later of Marguerite Fournier (m 1914); father of Jack and 2 other children.(Source:Public source)

      Entered the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant and served in South Africa and India. Commission gazetted 25 February 1896 (Source:Public source)

      Joined the French Foreign Legion in 1900 as a 2nd Lieutenant (Source:Public source)

      Also served with the French Army (Source:Public source)

      Headstone incorrectly counts his awards. AWMM
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    About death

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    • Age at death
      81 AWMM
    • Date of death
      18 February 1954 AWMM
    • Cause of death
    • Place of death
      Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Death notes
      Palmerston North Hospital, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
    • Cemetery name
      Old Levin Cemetery (Tiro Tiro Road), Corner Mako Mako and Tiro Tiro Road, Levin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Grave reference
      Returned Services Association Row 4 Plot 23 AWMM
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    • James Waddell was my great uncle, the brother of my paternal grandmother Elizabeth Jolly nee Waddell.He visited and stayed at our family home in Papatoetoe in Auckland when he returned on visits back to NZ. He was a raconteur and told us many exciting stories about his exploits in the French Foreign Legion. Although I was very young at the time I have vivid memories of him and in particular one story about him confronting a tiger. We are very proud of our Uncle Jim and his exploits and remember him with affection.
      Public - Alison Margaret - Other relative - 3 April 2016
    • James Waddell is my grand uncle (my grandfathers brother). My father told us stories about James when my brother and I were young boys and we were proud even though no one else knew about him. We even visited his grave once in Levin in the late 1970's. James stayed with my Dads family in Onehunga when he returned to NZ and my father learnt his stories first hand. He is now more widely known in NZ history and I look forward to reading his biography when it comes out. Remain rested in peace Great Uncle James - we are all very proud of your success and bravery.
      Public - Brian Joseph - Other relative - 23 March 2016



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    03 April 2016Alison MargaretAuckland New ZealandOther relative
    24 March 2016OlivierNew ZealandOther
    23 March 2016Brian Joseph Auckland New ZealandOther relative
    12 November 2015David PhilipParaparaumu, KapitiResearcher
    19 March 2015JulieTauranga, NZOther Relative