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James Henry Huston

Portrait, Sergeant Huston (20267) in uniform with 3 Medal Ribbons, including the Indian General Service and Barat, age 40 en route from England to Egypt in Convoy, February 1941, on board SS City of London Union Castle Line. He was serving with NZ Artillery, 5 Field, F Troop, 28 Battery. (Collections of the Huston family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Sergeant Huston (20267) in uniform with 3 Medal Ribbons, including the Indian General Serv …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Huston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20267 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 November 1900 AWMM LiverpoolLancashire AWMM
    Liverpool, England AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 9 December 1939 AWMM 5 Rautara Street, Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Huston (father), England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 May 1940 AWMM Divorced AWMM
    Divorced, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Assistant Instructors Certificate of Signalling in England 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 December 1939 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    Taxi Driver/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Congestive heart failure and cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Born 65 Soho Square, Liverpool, England. His father was a British Regular Army NCO and he spent 6 years of his boyhood in India.

    Sergeant James Huston had served in the Mercantile Navy during World War I. At age 16 after gaining his Wireless Operators Certificate in London he signed on as a Junior Wireless Operator.

    He remained at sea (being torpedoed on one day) until 1919 when he joined the Royal Corps of Signals as a Signalman and spent five years in Northern India, most of that time on the Afghanistan border.

    Huston wore 3 Medal Ribbons, including the Indian General Service and Bar.

    According to family, next-of-kin details appearing in the Ministry of Defence Embarkation Rolls were incorrect for the time of embarkation. Ministry of Defence personnel have said that the next of kin information appearing in the records was taken from the first attestation papers from details provided by the applicant and as there can be months, even years between the first attestation and embarkation, personal circumstances can alter. Huston's family confirm that when James Huston embarked, he was divorced and the next of kin was his father.

    During the 2nd Echelon's term of duty in England Sergeant Huston completed a Course of Instruction as Signals Instructor at Catterick, Yorkshire. On completion his report Certificate noted his marks as "Q" 1. The highest possible marks. Only one other NZ serviceman gained these high marks. He then saw Active service on several battles fields: Greece, Crete, Libya and the Western Desert, when he returned to NZ in 1942 it was as an Instructor, the position he held until discharge in 1944.

    Sergeant Huston kept a detailed diary from 9 December 1939 till 1 March 1944. The original has been donated to Waiouru Army Museum (in 1991). He also left an album of photographs, many taken on the battle fields.

    Embarkation Rolls information incorrect for next of kin. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 August 1964 AWMM
    Age 63 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM RSA-02-090 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: NZ Herald, and Waikato Times AWMM
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  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 93 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: NZ Herald, and Waikato Times AWMM
    • Atkinson, N. (2005). Hell or high water : New Zealand merchant seafarers remember the war. HarperCollins in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM


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