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James Archibald Pirrit

  • Service number
    13/2893 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • Pirritt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Corporal AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 6th (Hauraki) Company AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Archibald AWMM
  • Surname
    Pirrit AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • Pirritt AWMM
  • Service number
    13/2893 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Presbyterian, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    3 October 1889 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Place of birth
    Whangarata, Waikato, New Zealand Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Farmer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Russell Pirritt (father), Kiwitahi Road, Morrinsville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 08 Jan 1916 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of Flers-Courcelette AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    13/2893 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Pukekohe Mounted Rifles AWMM
    • Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military 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 19 October 1915 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 26 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 08 Jan 1916-8 February 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 37 AWMM
    Vessel was Maunganui AWMM
    Trooper AWMM
    9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted Rifles, A Squadron AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force 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 foot 10.5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      New Zealand General Hospital, Cairo, Influenza 4 March 1916 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 10.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      160 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Corporal AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 6th (Hauraki) Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James Pirrit was the son of James and Agnes J. Pirrit, of Kiwitahi, Morrinsville, Waikato. He was the 2nd son in a family of 12 children.

    James Pirrit was killed in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

    Remembered at Pukekohe Intermediate School, with Memorial stones & loving memory roses.

    His brothers, Blair Joseph Pirrit (54775) and David Andrew Pirrit (33600) also served in France 1917-1918.

    Surname listed as Pirritt in the Nominal Rolls

    Embarked Wellington, 18 January 1916; disembarked Suez, 12 February 1916.
    Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 19 February 1916.
    Admitted to NZ General Hospital, Cairo, 2 March 1916 (influenza); discharged, 10 March 1916.
    Transferred to Auckland Infantry Bn, 18 March 1916, and appointed Temporary Lance corporal.
    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 8 April 1916.
    Appointed Temporary Corporal, in the field, 1 July 1916.
    Promoted Corporal, 14 August 1916.
    Killed in action, 15 September 1916.

    Parents: James and Agnes J. Pirrit, Kiwitahi, Morrinsville, Auckland

    Surname incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as PIRRITT. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    26 AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Somme, Northern France, France AWMM
  • Death notes
    Somme, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Pukekohe Intermediate School, WW1, Memorial stones & loving memory roses AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Tuakau, WW1, 1914 - 1918, Tuakau Memorial Hall, George Street, Tuakau, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
    • Tuakau War Memorial, Tuakau Services Cemetery, corner of Alexandra Redoubt Road and Roberts Road, Tuakau, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
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