Jack Heaton Menzies 28 January 1897 - 12 April 1985 Key details Contribute › Service number26/849 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW1 AWMMSergeant AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, standing, studio photo - No known copyright restri … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJack Heaton AWMM SurnameMenzies AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number26/849 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth28 January 1897 AWMM Place of birthMangereAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesMangereAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMTeacher AWMM Post war occupationTeacher AWMM Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationArchibald Menzies (father)OtahuhuAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns1914-1919 AWMMWestern Front AWMM1914-1919 AWMMWestern Front AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number26/849 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMVictory Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMM12 October 1915 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM18 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM5 February 1916 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM05 Feb 1916-12 March 1916 AWMMHMNZT 42 AWMMWellingtonNew ZealandSuezEgypt AWMMDepart - 05 Feb 1916Arrival - 12 Mar 1916 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM5 February 1916 AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM4th Battalion, A Company AWMMUlimaroa AWMMCorporal AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHeightUnknown Period AWMM5 feet 11 inches AWMMEye colourUnknown Period AWMMHazel AWMMComplexionUnknown Period AWMMDark AWMMHair colourUnknown Period AWMMDark AWMMDied of DiseaseCause of Death AWMMOld age, debility, broncho pneumonia AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 AWMM12 February 1918 AWMMNo longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action AWMMSergeant AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death88 AWMM Date of death12 April 1985 AWMM Cause of deathDied of Disease AWMM Place of deathNew Zealand AWMM Death notesNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameNorth Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock)AlbanyNorth Shore CityNew Zealand AWMM Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference ObituaryNZ Herald AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Jack Heaton Menzies by laying a poppy. Hugh Bruce Menzies Ian Robert Menzies Jack Heaton Menzies James Menzies James Lawrence Menzies Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Jack Heaton Menzies Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=21374651Archives NZ DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM24: 19 AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMNZ Herald AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.