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John Richmond Cowles

Portrait of Major John Richmond Cowles, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F1808 59. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major John Richmond Cowles, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F1808 59. Image is subj …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Richmond AWMM
  • Surname
    Cowles AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 23/9 AWMM
    • WWI 1/030 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 January 1886 AWMM RichmondNelson AWMM
  • Date of birth
    25 January 1886 Public - Peter - Researcher - 15 October 2017 - Military records
  • Place of birth
    Richmond, Nelson Public - Peter - Researcher - 15 October 2017 - Military records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Khandallah, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Edward Cowles (father), Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 23/9 AWMM
    • WWI 1/030 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 August 1914 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    25 Nov 1917 {Age 31} AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Cowles was the youngest son of Edward and Sarah Cowles (nee Packer) of Richmond, Nelson.

    Fought in three engagements against Senussi on Western Frontier of Egypt.

    Had charge of Officer's Training Class at Etaples. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    25 November 1917 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    The Huts Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XIV.D.19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Major John R. Cowles, M.C., reported killed in action on November 25, was a native of Nelson. He was a member of the Samoan Advance Guard, and as a captain in the Rifle Brigade, served against the Senussi in Egypt prior to going to France. Following service at the front he was stationed at the base for instructional duties, and returned only recently to the front. Major Cowles, who was 32 years of age, was a brother of Lieutenant-Colonel J. A. Cowles, who left New Zealand early this year on his third trip abroad on active service. (Auckland Weekly News, 13 December 1917, p. 19) AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • St. Barnabas's Church AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum Hall of Memories; Nelson College Scriptorium Roll of Honour Public - Peter - Researcher - 15 October 2017 - on-line and on site

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  • I have personal letters to and from the Cowles family members before and after his death, communication within the Army while on active service, from the NZ Minister of Defence, the High Commissioner's Office in London, a newspaper report about his death, from the Base Records Branch (Wellington), the War Office (Whitehall, London) sent by Winston Churchill (Secretary of State for War) and a few photos of J. R. Cowles.
    Public - Janice Margaret - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 155 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. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 October 2017PeterNelson, New ZealandResearcher
12 September 2017CarolHastingsOther
20 April 2015Janice MargaretClive, Hawkes BayOther Relative

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