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James Perry

Portrait of Rifleman James Perry 42570. Image kindly provided by Alison and John Moodie (July 2018). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Rifleman James Perry 42570. Image kindly provided by Alison and John Moodie (July 2018). …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Perry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 42570 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 March 1879 AWMM Sawyers BayDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 C/Hedley, Kokomo, North Otago AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary Perry (mother), Sawyer's Bay, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 42570 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 3 January 1917 AWMM Farm hand/Civilian 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William and Mary Perry of Sawyers Bay, Dunedin

    Destinations of initial embarkations: 21/5/17 - Devonport, England and to Sling Camp.

    James was the 8th child of William and Mary Perry of Sawyers and one of 13 children (although 1 died in infancy). Elizabeth Maud Hewitson (nee Perry) was his sister.

    William and Mary spent their life at Sawyers Bay where they were occupied in both farming and sawmilling. James’ father used to walk between Dunedin and Sawyers Bay weekly to obtain stores etc and on one occasion in 1900 he did not return. His body was found later drowned in Lake Logan, now Logan Park, Dunedin. James would have been 11 at this time and presumably he needed to go out to work to help support his mother and siblings.

    James obviously volunteered for war duty late in 1916 and copies of letters are attached which he sent home to family members.

    For further information refer the publication “The Perry’s and Millers of Sawyers Bay” written by the Late Hon Sir Clifford Perry. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM

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