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Jack Heaton Menzies

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  • Service number
    26/849 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Heaton AWMM
  • Surname
    Menzies AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    26/849 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    28 January 1897 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Teacher AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Teacher AWMM
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Archibald Menzies (father), Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    26/849 AWMM
  • Military service
    Auckland Grammar School Senior Cadets (registration number 2/1461) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 12 October 1915 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 18 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 05 Feb 1916-12 March 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 42 AWMM
    Vessel was Ulimaroa AWMM
    Corporal AWMM
    4th Battalion, A Company AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      He was wounded on three separate occasions, the first being when he was shot through the hand, the bullets entering on one side and passing out the other. Later, he was shot through the arm, and then finally on his return to the front line he was much more seriously wounded. This time the shrapnel that tore into his back and legs ended his war. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Old age, debility, broncho pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 12 February 1918 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action AWMM
    Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 152 Home Service. 336 days Active Service. Total Service = 2 years and 123 days.

    Jack Menzies was born 28 January 1897 at Mangere.

    His schooling was brief stays at a number of schools. He entered Auckland Teachers' College from Auckland Grammar School.

    His student teachership was interrupted in 1915 by entering the New Zealand Army and serving in France and Belgium during World War 1. He spent some months in an English hospital after being severely wounded. As a sergeant he was in action at Passchendaele and the Somme.

    He was wounded on three separate occasions, the first being when he was shot through the hand, the bullets entering on one side and passing out the other. Later, he was shot through the arm, and then finally on his return to the front line he was much more seriously wounded. This time the shrapnel that tore into his back and legs ended his war.

    His mother, Amelia, received an interesting series of telegrams from the Ministry of Defence to report his slow progress.The first, on 18 June 1917, described him as " critically ill" and then, as he slowly recovered, "dangerously" was substituted for "critically" and finally reduced to "serious but recovering". The last received on 17 September 1917, reported his discharge from Torquay Hospital in England.

    His hand in later life would suddenly jump, probably as a result of the nerves in the arm being permanently damaged. The injuries affected his stamina for a year before he was fully recovered. Then he was fit enough to play senior rugby for Grammar Old Boys which was considered the elite club in those days of 1921-22. He returned to Auckland in 1921, after spending two years teaching on the Coromandel Peninsula and was appointed as a fully qualified teacher at Wellesley Street School. During his teaching years he held positions at Tokomaru Bay and Hastings (1923-25) and then on his return to Auckland , at Epsom School and at May Road School, which was then a two teacher country school, where he was head teacher. He rode a bicycle from his home in Epsom to May Road School.

    During the 1930's , Jack became prominent in the affairs of the NZEI. While at Wellesley Steet School, he had been a very young President of the Auckland Assistant Master's Association. Next he went to Remuera Primary School, then to Kowhai Intermediate School and in 1942 became principal of Thames South School. In 1947 he was appointed principal of Parnell School, Auckland, and he held this position until his retirement in 1958. In the late 1950's he was elected to the Dominion Executive of the NZEI and served on varios committees. In 1955, he was elected President of the AHMA. During his term in office , the Association discontinued the awarding of certificates to retiring Presidents (the last one was presented to Mr R.Blennerhasset). One of the issues that arose was support for a commission of enquiry or consultative committee to investigate the administration of education in New Zealand and another concern was the duties of clerical assistants and the need for an increase in their pay. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    88 AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 April 1985 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of Disease AWMM
  • Place of death
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      24: 19 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald AWMM
    • Mangere Historical Society: This record was kindly researched by the Mangere Historical Society. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM