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James Thompson

Marble memorial plaque, Waikaraka Veterans' Memorial Wall (photo Paul Baker February 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Marble memorial plaque, Waikaraka Veterans' Memorial Wall (photo Paul Baker February 2008) - No know …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Thompson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • James Thomas AWMM
    • James Thomson AWMM
  • Service number
    1643 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 May 1849 AWMM HowickManukau City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    New Zealand Wars Pre 31 January 1865 AWMM New Zealand Fencible Village, Howick, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single/New Zealand Wars AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    New Zealand Wars 31 January 1865 AWMM
    Age 16 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    CambridgeWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Height, Unknown Period AWMM
    5 ft 4 in AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James Thompson was the son of 530 Private James Thompson (17th Regiment of Foot, then Royal New Zealand Fencibles) and Margaret Thompson (nee Ragan).

    James Thompson was the brother-in-law of Robert Bennett Brickell and John Bennett Brickell, both also members of the Waikato Regiments.

    Resident of Ranfurly Veterans' Home, Mt Roskill, Auckland

    Text of the obituary: "A veteran of the Maori Wars, Mr. James Thompson died yesterday at the Auckland Infirmary, at the age of 86 years. He was mentioned in Colonel Gudgeon's book on the Maori was as one of the country's heroes.

    Mr. Thompson, who enlisted at the age of 16 years, was attached to the 3rd Waikato Regiment, and had a fine war record. His death recalls an incident some years ago when Major J.A. Wallingford, superintendent of the Veterans Home, found that Mr. Thompson possessed neither a medal nor a Maori War pension. Major Wallingford took up the matter and forwarded the old veteran's credentials to the War Office. It then appeared that all the necessary particulars of his war service had been on file for over half a century and the medal was sent to him without delay.

    On receipt of the medal from the War Office, Mr. Thompson immediately became entitled to a New Zealand Government pension of between four and five pounds per month, which was duly paid. Unfortunately, though, having failed to make an earlier claim, he had no right to arrears, which would have amounted to a large sum. At an annual luncheon to the Kings Empire Veterans, Viscount Bledisloe remarked on the modesty of Mr. Thompson in not applying for his medal and congratulated him. Mr. Thompson is to be tendered a veteran's funeral, which is to leave the veterans home tomorrow morning."

    Signed his name as Thomas in 1930 in correspondence to Defence Headquarters. New Zealand War Medal was engraved Thomson AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1935 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
    EpsomAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Veterans Area. Plot 123 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald 24 October 1935. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Waikaraka Veterans' Memorial Wall, Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Unpublished papers: family papers AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2010). The New Zealand Medal to colonials : detailed medal rolls of officers and men in colonial units who received the New Zealand Medal for service in the New Zealand Wars 1845-1872. Hamilton, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 158 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: New Zealand Herald 24 October 1935. AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM

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