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James Rankin

SERGT. JAS. RANKIN, of Mt. Eden, Killed in action. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 11 January 1917 p044. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19170111-44-6. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
SERGT. JAS. RANKIN, of Mt. Eden, Killed in action. Taken fro … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Rankin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/1252 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1888 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John Rankin (father), View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of the Somme AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/1252 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      6 September 1915 AWMM
      For conspicuous gallantry on 6th August, 1915, near Lone Pine (Dardanelles). While his battery was bombarding the position the telephone line was cut. Gunner Rankin Avent out voluntarily under heavy and continuous fire and laid another wire over the broken section, enabling the Battery Commander to resume control within half an hour of the communications being broken, thus materially assisting our fire effect. His bravery and good work have been consistently shown since the landing on 26th April. [Source: The Edinburgh Gazette, 1 December 1915, Issue 12878, p1826] London Gazette, 29 November 1915, p11900 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 December 1914 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Coach-Smith/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
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 ft 6 in AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      9 stone 10 lbs AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Margaret Rankin of Normanby Road, Mount Eden, Auckland AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM C 24 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • St David's Church, 68 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1106 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Great Uncle James
    I have your armistice day cross here with me. I am wearing the silver charm you gave to Jess before you left. Its looking pretty good for 102 years old. Forever in our hearts and memories. One day we will be together until then love and kisses your great neice Fiona xxxx
    Public - Fiona - Direct descendant - 18 November 2018
  • Dear Sgt Rankin, I am writing a speech about you for the opening of the remembrance tower at Auckland War Memorial museum. my colleagues will read it on 20 September. We in the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand Defence Force will not forget our comrades in arms that have fallen in duty or because of duty. You are remembered. may you be resting at peace. kia kaha Colonel Louisa O'Brien New Zealand Army
    Public - louisa - Comrade - 14 September 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 602 AWMM
    • Edinburgh Gazette AWMM
      1 December 1915, Issue:12878 Page:1826 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM


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18 November 2018FionaAuckland New Zealand Direct descendant
14 September 2016louisaAuckland New ZealandComrade
13 July 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher
07 September 2015Graham Wayne MckayPapakura AucklandOther Relative
25 April 2015KirstenAuckland, NZOther Relative
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