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James Philip Guy

Portrait, wearing hat and leather bandolier - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, wearing hat and leather bandolier - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Philip AWMM
  • Surname
    Guy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 9/41 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1888 AWMM KingstonOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 5 November 1914 AWMM Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs A. Guy (mother), 64A Royal Terrace, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/41 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 November 1914 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Severely wounded on the night of 6 August 1915 at Gallipoli. AWMM
    • Other, WWI AWMM
      Nature of Injury: G.S.W. chest Pension: 20/- Percent of disability: [Not stated] Source: New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100% AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 21 February 1916 AWMM Trooper AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Enlistment date was prior to 5 November 1914

    The following details are taken from the back of a framed photo in possession of the family of James Guy: James Philip Guy was born near Queenstown. He enlisted at the outbreak of war and sailed with the Main Body of troops for Egypt. From there he went to Gallipoli and was badly wounded. His diary for Friday 6 August 1915 reads:

    'Received instructions which were to move off at 9.30pm to take Beauchop's Ridge. Had to go into No. 1 troop leading but it was just Hell with shrapnel landing around us and machine gun and rifle fire we had to fall back again. Reinforced with two platoons from the Maoris and with No. 4 troop leading made another attampt at 11 pm. No shrapnel but rifle fire ... got halfway to Beauchop's ...

    Saturday 7 August - Got shot through the chest ... could be lung ... went right through.' (A copy of his diary is held in the Museum Library Archives, MS 2004-2)

    The night of 6 August 1915 was the battle for Chunuk Bair - refer to Christopher Pugsley's book Gallipoli The New Zealand Story, pages 260ff.

    Page 268 records part of the Otago Mounteds' action - resulting in their loss of 34 killed and 65 wounded out of approximate strength of 350 men.

    His discharge papers record his age as 25 years but this incorrect - he was 28 when discharged.

    For the rest of his life he lived with one lung, chest misshapen and a large scar on his back.

    On his discharge papers he is recorded as being of good character and having served 1 year and 70 days overseas. He was 5 ft 10 and a half inches tall, weighed 10 stone and was of fair complexion, with blue eyes.

    He married Idona and they had a son (Ian) and daughter (Idonea). Both married and his grandchildren are: Graham, Murray, Allan and Jennifer Guy, and Dean, Ross, John and June Stanway.

    Present address (as listed in New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%): C/o Mrs Cook, Private Bag, Gisborne AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 December 1956 AWMM
    Age 67 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
      Page No: 289 AWMM
    • Pugsley, C. (1990). Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story (Rev. ed.). Auckland, N.Z.: Sceptre. AWMM
      p. 301, paragraphs 5 and 6 which describe a wounded soldier - this may possibly James Philip Guy who suffered identical injury. AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%, compiled from returns supplied by the Commissioner of Pensions, in respect to: a) Permanent War Pensions, and from returns supplied by the Director-General of Medical Services, regarding: b) Discharged and undischarged hospital patients, assessed as suffering permanent disability, but not yet in receipt of a pension at date (28-4-20). New Zealand. Director-General of Medical Services. NZ Times Co. (Printer). AWMM
    • Guy, James Philip. Diary, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004-2. 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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