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James Madill

Trooper James Madill - 6th Contingent South Africa.

Trooper James Madill - 6th Contingent South Africa.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Madill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3263 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1875 AWMM MonaghanIreland (Eire) AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tuakau, South Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Adam Madill (father), Tuakau, South Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Farmer/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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Arrived in New Zealand in 1885 (was in Canada c.1881)

      1910: Married Frances Louisa Arndt (died 21 September 1916, aged 38)

      1925: Married Augusta Mary Ardnt (died 25 July 1969, aged 87)

      Farmer from Tuakau then a builder in Hamilton.

      Auckland Museum Boer War displays "Saddle and Equipment" containing "the military issue saddle and 80- round horse bandolier" of Trooper Madill, "NZMR" which has a poem by Trooper Madill, knife and spoon, and a Lee Enfield and bayonet belonging to Trooper Madill (NZ Troops on the Veldt display)

      Father was named William Henry Madill. AWMM
    • Excerpt from Penguin (New Zealand) book "New Zealanders at War / Trooper James Madill 6th New Zealand Contingent".

      On 12 November 1901 Trooper James Madill had a lucky escape when his horse went lame on patrol.
      Trooper Madill recorded "Heavy fog, drizzling rain. Towards daylight my horse knocked up altogether and finally she gave up going up a steep kopji (steep rocky out -crop). I was unable to get her up for some time and when I did the Patrol (to which he belonged) was nowhere to be seen and I was left alone with a horse that was not able to drag along properly. Finally I had to shoot her. I put the saddle and bridle in scrub and started after the Patrol on foot which had halted near-by - giving me a chance to catch up. Rained nearly all day and we got 3 prisoners and 6 horses - one if which I rode back to Camp".

      Trooper Madill also recorded that in December 1901 :

      "Terrible thunder storm at 7pm. Stampede of the horses and the mules. One of the miserablist nights on the Veldt. Ground covered with hail - on which we had to lie without any shelter and wet clothes to boot. Had one Ry (railway worker) and 2 Kaffirs killed during the storm. Hail as large as marbles fell with terrific force". Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 15 October 2019 - Reference : "New Zealanders at War / Trooper James Madill".
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About death

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  • Death
    24 June 1959 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block F Row 41 Plot 018 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 25 June 1959 AWMM
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15 October 2019JeniferWairarapa, New ZealandResearcher

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