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John Aldred Luxford

Headstone, Waikaraka Public Cemetery (supplied Mr Paul F. Baker 2009) - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Waikaraka Public Cemetery (supplied Mr Paul F. Baker 2009) - No known copyright restricti …


  • Title
    Rev. AWMM
  • Forenames
    John Aldred AWMM
  • Surname
    Luxford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • William John Alfred Luxford AWMM
    • Alfred AWMM
    • William John Aldred Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 7 October 2015 - Cemetery register; Auckland Council cemetery database via libraries site:
  • Service number
    • N/N AWMM
    • 8/307A AWMM
    • 10/307A AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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  • Birth
    26 March 1854 AWMM Hutt ValleyWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • J.A. Luxford (son), Bank of Australasia, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs J.A. Luxford (wife), 471 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 19 April 1902 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Leg amputated AWMM
    • Died after Discharge from Wounds Inflicted or Disease Contracted while on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died after discharge from the NZEF from wounds inflicted while on active service AWMM
    • His death certificate records ‘Carcinoma of prostate gland — 3 years’ as the cause of death. Public - Zane - Researcher - 10 April 2016 - Death certificate, Archives NZ, family members, Experience of a Lifetime collection of essays (Massey University)

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Emma Allen Mansfield Luxford (nee Aldred), she died in 1952.

    Former New Zealand Armed Constabulary honorary chaplain. [Haigh, p. 43]

    Chaplain to 10th New Zealand Contingent, South Africa, 1902.

    Chaplain to No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

    The Auckland Museum manuscripts collection contains a letter written to Chaplain Major Luxford from the then Bishop in Jerusalem, Rennie MacInnes, dated 31 December 1914 (MS 2006/30).

    Obituary: 'The death occurred at Remuera Auckland on Friday of the Rev. J.A. Luxford, who was Chaplain to the New Zealand forces during the war. Mr. Luxford's parents arrived in New Zealand in 1839, and he was born at the Hutt in 1854. After being educated in Wellington he went to Christchurch in 1875 to study for the Methodist ministry. The following year he was accepted as a probationer, and was ordained in Dunedin in 1880. Mr. Luxford occupied a large number of important pulpits, including St. Albans (Christchurch), Lyttelton, Wanganui, St. John's (Auckland), Pitt Street, and Mount Albert. He was president of the Methodist Church in New Zealand in 1903, and for many years acted as representative of the Church in naval and military matters. Mr. Luxford took a great interest in volunteering, and at one time held a commission as chaplain to an Invercargill company. When the territorial system was introduced he continued that interest. He saw active service in the South African War, being chaplain to one of the early contingents. Subsequently he was chaplain to the Canadians in No. 14 hospital. Mr. Luxford left New Zealand as senior chaplain with the Main Body in the great war. He was present at the landing on Gallipoli in April, 1915, and served without a break until he was wounded in the leg at Chunuk Bair. A few days afterwards he was evacuated [sic] to Alexandria, where his leg was amputated. When sufficiently recovered Mr. Luxford was sent to England, where an artificial leg was fitted. In May, 1916, he took the position of senior Methodist chaplain at the Walton-on-Thames Hospital, and held it until he left for New Zealand in July, 1919. Shortly after his return his health became affected as a result of his war service, and his death was the result of such injuries. Mr. Luxford went away with the rank of major, and in recognition of his services he was appointed a lieutenant-colonel. He was twice mentioned in despatches, and made a C.M.G. He held the 1914-15 Star, British war medal, and the Victory medal. In all he served five years and 257 days. Mr. Luxford was a prominent Freemason, having filled the position of worshipful master for two terms; also that of provincial grand chaplain. He is survived by his widow, two sons, and two daughters. Mrs. Luxford is a daughter of the Rev. J. Aldred, one of the early Methodist missionaries.' (Source: Auckland Weekly News, 3 February 1921, p. 47)

    Middle name is recorded as Alfred on WWI Nominal Roll, and serial number as 10/307A. Serial Number is 8/307A on Archives New Zealandand CWGC.

    His father was named William John Aldred Luxford. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Mount Albert Methodist Church, 831 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Haigh, J. (1983). Men of faith and courage: the official history of the New Zealand Chaplains Department. Auckland, N.Z.: The Word Publishers. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 429 AWMM
    • Haigh, J. (1983). Men of faith and courage: the official history of the New Zealand Chaplains Department. Auckland, N.Z.: The Word Publishers. AWMM
      Haigh, J. (1983)., pp. 42-43, 49, 59, 60, 61, 85-87, 89-91, 97. AWMM
    • MacInnes, Rennie. Letter to Chaplain Major John Aldred Luxford, 1NZEF, 1914. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2006/30. AWMM
    • Wesley Historical Society (New Zealand). Proceedings. Wesley Historical Society (N.Z.). AWMM
      Glen, Rev F.G. 'The Rev J.A. Luxford CMG', Proceedings (Wesley Historical Society of New Zealand), vol. 23, no. 3, 1966. AWMM
    • The cyclopedia of New Zealand : industrial, descriptive, historical, biographical, facts, figures, illustrations. (1897-1907). Christchurch, N.Z.: Cyclopedia Company. (Vols. 1-6). AWMM
      The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. (Vol. 3, p. 402) AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
      p. 192 AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Weekly News, 3 February 1921, p. 47 AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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