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John Henry Purser Bond

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Henry Purser AWMM
  • Surname
    Bond AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    H. P. J. Bond AWMM
  • Service number
    6 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1875 AWMM Woodford GreenEssex AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John James Bond (father), Brighton Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    6 AWMM
  • Military service
    Auckland Mounted Rifles AWMM
  • 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
    South Africa Civil servant/Civilian 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Injured by a kick from a horse on shin, invalided to Capetown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      19 may 1900 left on the SS paparoa (ship) for New Zealand AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Arrived Auckland 13 June 1900. AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father: John James Bond, shipbuilder (died 1933)

    Mother: Mary Ann Purser (died 21 August 1939, age 88)

    Brothers: Horace Cecil Bond, WWI, (42270), Private, Auckland Infantry regiment, A Company, 23 Reinforcements; and Andrew Bond, WWI, (70227), Specialists Company, 36 Reinforcements

    John Henry Purser Bond arrived in Auckland circa 1884.

    The Auckland War Memorial library holds papers relating to his military service.

    1897: resided at Mt Roskill Road, Auckland

    First man to return to New Zealand from South Africa, invalided back to NZ

    7 September 1907: Badly injured and burnt in gas explosion, Shortland Street Post Office (refer to Auckland Star, 7 September 1907 and New Zealand Herald, 9 September 1907)

    Clerk New Zealand Post Office til 193?

    1957: resided at 47 Peary Road, Mt Eden, Auckland

    Married three times

    5 November 1902: married Agnes Jane McGaffin (died 1929)

    1933:married Aileen Maud Welsh (died 1946)

    1947: married Elizabeth Jane Benny (died 1965)

    No children AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1959 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Waikumete Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, 27 July 1959 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Bond, John Henry Purser. Papers relating to military service, 1898 - 1902. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 515. 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
      Stowers, R. (2004). p.67 AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Auckland Star, 7 September 1907 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Article. (1907, September 9). New Zealand Herald. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 27 July 1959 AWMM
    • St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM


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