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Jesse Rodgers

Portrait (kindly provided by family). Original Negative held at Archives New Zealand AAL2 902 p58 F1762 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jesse AWMM
  • Surname
    Rodgers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 9/77 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 May 1887 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 11 August 1914 AWMM Dee Street, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 T. Rodgers (father), Dee Street, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      26 September 1917 AWMM
      Citation for Military Cross (MC): "For Conspicuous Gallantry and Devotion to Duty - This officer was in command of his company during an attack on the enemy position. The whole operation was most successfully carried out and although wounded he remained on duty until his company was relieved some considerable time later. He is a born leader and has done exceptionally good work." AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Citation for Military Medal (MM): "Assault on the Switch trench, South east of High Wood, 15th September 1916. During the assault on the Switch Trench on the 15th September all of the officers of this non-commissioned officer's company became casualties very early. This N.C.O. immediately assumed command of the company, and after successfully taking the trench showed great coolness and initiative in organising working parties and consolidating the trench under heavy shellfire." (London Gazette, 9 December 1916, p. 12058, Rec. No 138) AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and 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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • On 6 March 1917, Jesse was granted the temporary rank of Captain whilst acting as second in command of a Company in the field (NZ Gazette, No. 98, 14 June 1917). Promotion in the 'field' was rather rare. He relinquished the temporary rank when he was wounded on 22 July 1917 (NZ Gazette, No. 165). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 July 1917 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France AWMM Row V22 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: North Otago Times, 12 August 1917. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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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
      Vol1: 626 AWMM
    • Official History of the Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. in the Great War 1914-1918 AWMM
      p. 135 AWMM
    • North Otago Times AWMM
      Obituary: North Otago Times, 12 August 1917. 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
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