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James Waddell



  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Waddell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 October 1873 Public Source DunedinOtago Public Source
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 9 March 1905 AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Tunisia AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
    • Verdun AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
    • 2nd Battalion (Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment AWMM
    • Régiment de Marche d'Afrique AWMM
    • Regiment de Marche de la Legion etrangere AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Ruth and Thomas Waddell (Source: BDM Historical Records Online)

    Educated at Otago Boys High School (Source:Public source)

    Husband of Blanche Prud'homme (m 1898) and later of Marguerite Fournier (m 1914); father of Jack and 2 other children.(Source:Public source)

    Entered the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant and served in South Africa and India. Commission gazetted 25 February 1896 (Source:Public source)

    Joined the French Foreign Legion in 1900 as a 2nd Lieutenant (Source:Public source)

    Also served with the French Army (Source:Public source)

    Headstone incorrectly counts his awards. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 February 1954 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Old Levin Cemetery (Tiro Tiro Road), Corner Mako Mako and Tiro Tiro Road, Levin, New Zealand AWMM Returned Services Association Row 4 Plot 23 AWMM
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  • James Waddell was my great uncle, the brother of my paternal grandmother Elizabeth Jolly nee Waddell.He visited and stayed at our family home in Papatoetoe in Auckland when he returned on visits back to NZ. He was a raconteur and told us many exciting stories about his exploits in the French Foreign Legion. Although I was very young at the time I have vivid memories of him and in particular one story about him confronting a tiger. We are very proud of our Uncle Jim and his exploits and remember him with affection.
    Public - Alison Margaret - Other relative - 3 April 2016
  • James Waddell is my grand uncle (my grandfathers brother). My father told us stories about James when my brother and I were young boys and we were proud even though no one else knew about him. We even visited his grave once in Levin in the late 1970's. James stayed with my Dads family in Onehunga when he returned to NZ and my father learnt his stories first hand. He is now more widely known in NZ history and I look forward to reading his biography when it comes out. Remain rested in peace Great Uncle James - we are all very proud of your success and bravery.
    Public - Brian Joseph - Other relative - 23 March 2016



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03 April 2016Alison MargaretAuckland New ZealandOther relative
24 March 2016OlivierNew ZealandOther
23 March 2016Brian Joseph Auckland New ZealandOther relative
12 November 2015David PhilipParaparaumu, KapitiResearcher
05 November 2015Online CenotaphNew ZealandResearcher
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