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John Henry Herrold

  • Service number
    13/161 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Inter War Major/Military AWMM
    Rotorua Battalion, Home Guard AWMM
  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
Unknown, photographer (1914-1918). Capts Shera and Herrold [Hornchurch]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Gallipoli Album PH-ALB-382-p49-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
Unknown, photographer (1914-1918). Capts Shera and Herrold [ … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Herrold AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    13/161 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    15 July 1878 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Calcutta, India AWMM
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 05 Aug 1914 Waiuku, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.H. Herrold (mother), Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1914 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    13/161 AWMM
  • Military service
    New Zealand Base Records AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: London Gazette, 8 March 1919. Citation: "On the night of 24/25th September 1918, he took command of a party of 100 men with orders to cut the Amman - Derra railway line north of Amman. He marched by night over roadless country, intersected by innumerable wadis, which made progress very difficult. On reaching the line he found an enemy party at work, but moving further south, he accomplished his object, removing a set of rails from the line, although large numbers of the enemy were continually moving along the road just east of the line." AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      London Gazette 08/03/1919 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 August 1914 AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 36 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 Oct 1914-3 December 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 8 or HMNZT 12 AWMM
    Vessel was Star of India or Waimana AWMM
    Captain/Military AWMM
    Auckland Mounted Rifles AWMM
    Main Body AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded 30 April 1918 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 5 September 1919 AWMM
    Transferred to Reserve of Officers AWMM
    Major/Military AWMM
    Rotorua Battalion, Home Guard AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Educated at Kings College, Auckland, 1891-94.

    Promoted to Major, 15 November 1917.

    Acting OC (Officer Commanding) of NZ Base Records after being wounded in 1918.

    Served with the Home Guard as a Major during World War 2.

    OC of Rotorua Battalion, Home Guard, 1941.

    John Henry Herrold – 1878 -1966

    John Herrold was born in Calcutta in India, the son of John William Herrold and Helen von Bibra. He came to NZ in time to complete his education at Kings College in the years 1891-1894.

    From 1905 until 1914 he was on the electoral roll as a farmer living in Waiuku.

    In 1913 when he was a special constable, he gave evidence against 2 men who were in Court. One was charged with driving too close to the troops returning to the Domain and one for making insulting remarks. He enlisted when he was a single man aged 36 and was made a Captain. He was awarded a DSO for a night’s work leading 100 men when he was asked to immobilise a railway line near Amman. He was discharged in 1919 and in 1921 married Enid Holmes Dean.

    From 1929 until 1949 he was a company manager and living in Rotorua. He retired to Auckland in 1954 and his last address was Remuera Road where he died in 1966 aged 89 and his ashes were returned on 15 August.

    Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG
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About death

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  • Age at death
    88 AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 August 1966 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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