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John Allman Marchant

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Allman AWMM
  • Surname
    Marchant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    John Allman Martin AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26/1043 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 November 1871 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss E. Martin (sister), Newton Road, Brighton, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26/1043 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    MiD. citation: London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p262, Rec No 339. "For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 15th September 1916 near Flers. When his platoon commander was killed Sergeant Martin assumed command of the platoon and by handling them with coolness and skill assisted largely in the capture of the trench. This N.C.O. has performed conspicuous good work since the arrival of his unit in France last April." AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 14 October 1914 AWMM Labourer/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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • John Martin (Marchant) was the son of John William Allman Marchant and Maria Elsie Allman Marchant.

      He attended Wellington College.

      The plaque in Old St Paul's (Church of England) reads: 'Sergeant John Allman-Marchant, Killed in Action, Flers 15 September 1916.'

      Attested under the name John Allman Martin. Revised his date of birth to 1875 in order to enlist.

      Occupation before enlistment reads " Labourer" in Nominal Roll, public source tells us he was a Managing Director of Sawmills, also NOK was Miss Maria Elise (Ella) Allman Marchant (Source:Public Source) AWMM
    • A story about John Allman Marchant and his efforts to get into the war, and his experiences in the war, is contained on my website about the history of Old St Paul's. An image of his brass is also there. See: Public - Elizabeth - Researcher - 15 March 2017 - Research from military files etc
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About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 45 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Old St Paul's Church, Mulgrave Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

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14 April 2018ElizabethNew ZealandResearcher

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