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James Neil McCarroll

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Full length portrait of Colonel James Neil McCarroll, with a moustache, wearing the uniform of the 11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles, campaign medals (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, ). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-WP879A. No known copyright.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Neil AWMM
  • Surname
    McCarroll AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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    WWI 13/148 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 May 1873 AWMM BelfastNorthern Ireland AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Janie McCarroll, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded at Gallipoli AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Promoted Lt Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer (CO) of Auckland Mounted Rifles on 23 April 1917

    After the war, he served as CO of North Auckland Mounted Rifles

    Promoted to Colonel and Commander of 1 Mounted Rifle Brigade in 1925

    Retired in 1928

    Honorary Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the NZ Governor-General, 1930-35
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    James Neil McCarroll – 1873-1951

    A native of Belfast Ireland, James McCarroll was farming in the Northland area of NZ. A report in the paper in 1897 has him gaining 2nd prize for a dairy heifer at the Otamatea Agricultural Show. A meeting of the Railways Commission in 1911 discussed the route for the extension of the line to Whangarei. Should it go east or west from a point near McCarrolls Gap? Mr McCarroll gave evidence that there were more animals being moved and as the shipping route was unreliable the train line should be completed as soon as possible.

    In 1913 he was living at Maunu in Whangarei when he advertised to sell 30 choice Dairy heifers. When he enlisted in 1914 he was a single farmer aged 41 whose next t of kin was his mother Janie McCarroll of Whangarei.

    Stock Sales at Westfield reported in 1921 that Mr James McCarroll of Whangarei sold 18 steers for £8 a head and the price had dropped from prior sales.
    In March 1928, the members of 16 Rural Credit Boards were announced. James was one of five men appointed to be a member of the North Auckland Board who could consider and decide on applications for help from the local area.

    In 1929 James married Ethel Evelyn Freeman. He died in 1951 in Whangarei aged 78.

    Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG
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Death

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    26 May 1951 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
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  • James Neil McCarroll and Thomas McCarroll were brothers. There were 6 brothers as well as parents that emigrated from Ireland Thomas worked and died in Thames Thomas was Lieutenant and later Captain of the Mounted Machine Gun Squadron. James who was O/C Auckland Mounted Rifles . James was earlier a Captain of the North Auckland Mounted Rifles on his enlistment. Both men were Freemasons both men were present at the only meeting of Freemasons held in the Shrine of the Dome of the Rock 6th April 1918 in Jerusalem and were members of the NZEF Masonic Association in Egypt and Palestine.
    Public - Gordon - Researcher - 4 February 2015

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04 February 2015Gordon Greymouth New ZealandResearcher