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John Herbert Thompson

1/4 portrait of Private John Herbert Thompson, Reg No 12/3494, of the 3rd (Auckland) Regiment, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 8th Reinforcements, - A Company. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1915). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-T1206. No known copyright.

1/4 portrait of Private John Herbert Thompson, Reg No 12/3494, of the 3rd (Auckland) Regiment, Auckl …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Thompson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/3494 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 November 1879 AWMM CobdenWest Coast AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 24 August 1915 AWMM PO Box 1891, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Miss Ada Thompson (sister), Bell Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single 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
    WW1 24 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    Machinery agent/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • 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 feet 5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Died after Discharge from Wounds Inflicted or Disease Contracted while on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM
      Suffered ill health due to his war service and died as a result AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 23 November 1919 AWMM
    Termination of Service AWMM
    Sapper AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Herbert Thompson was the youngest son of Captain Francis James Thompson and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Brown. His maternal grandparents were Samuel Brown and Marguite Parchot De La Mott; his greatgrandparents were Pierre Parchot De La Mott and Marie Elizabeth Le Cocq; his great-greatgrandparents, Jean Parchot de la Mothe and Elizabeth Herivel.

    He attended Cobden School, West Coast, from 22 October 1885 until 3 May 1892. Between 1906 and 1915 he lived at Bell Road and then joined the army.

    He was stationed in the Middle East until 9 July 1919 when he went on leave to Britain travelling on H.T. Tagus. He returned to New Zealand leaving Plymouth on 12 September 1919 and disembarking at Auckland 26 October 1919.

    Funeral director: C. Little.

    Headstone : 12/3494 Spr J H Thompson Engineers Died 30-10-1926 N.Z.E.F. Private 24 August 1915 Sapper 31 July 1917. Temporary Corporal 24 March 1919- 9 July 1919

    Transcript of a letter written by John to his niece and nephew, Marjorie and Aubrey Baker.

    N.Z. Expeditionary Force, Trentham Military Camp, 7 September 1915

    Dear Marjorie & Aubrey, I have just a few minutes to spare to write you a short little note. I was sorry when I left Auckland that I was not able to see you both at the Station although I caught a glimpse of Marjorie with Auntie Ada - You would be very surprised and interested if you could see the camp here - It is quite a town with streets and footpaths, shops, halls, restuarants [sic]; also Electric light on - There are a number of Entertainments including a picture Theatre. We have what is called a canteen which is really a large general store at which we can purchase aything. When I come to Auckland on leave I will bring you some little mementos as keepsakes - We have to get up very Early in the morning and immediately we have had breakfast we start the day! work consisting of dull, physical exercises and musketing and bayonet practice - The hutments we live in are quite cosy and comfortable and we sleep on a kind if wooden bedstead. You would be greatly interested if you could see the massed parade march into the square at 5 o'clock each evening; about 4000 soldiers in uniform with the band playing and rifles at the slope. Well dear Marjorie & Aubrey I must close now but will write a longer letter when I get time. I have not seen your cousin Harold [Francis Harold Baker 12/3245] since we arrived. There are so many it is hard to find anyone. Give Mother & Father my love and accept same yourself. Your affect Uncle Jack

    Service Medals issued on 20 May 1920.

    Scrolls and Plaques were issued to next-of-kin. Thompson's were issued on 13 June 1929 and 14 February 1930. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 October 1926 AWMM
    Age 46 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block A, Row 2, Plot 2 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: Thompson - On Saturday Oct. 30 at the Public Hospital Auckland after a short illness, Private John Herbert (Jack) Thompson, Eighth Reinforcements N.Z. Exped. Forces, youngest son of the late Captain James Thompson, of Greymouth. Inserted by his brother Fred. C. Thompson, Henderson

    Obituary: Auckland Star on 15 November 1926. Mr J. Herbert Thompson The death last month of Mr J. Herbert Thompson, a well-known accountant, of Auckland, removed a popular gentleman and business man, who in his lifetime, made a great number of friends. The deceased, who had seen four and a half years service at the front, had suffered a number of breakdowns as a result of that, and it culminated in a collapse from which he did not recover. Deceased was a bachelor, and was the youngest son of the late Captain and Mrs Thompson, of Cobden, Greymouth. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 722 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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