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Roy Holliday James

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roy Holliday AWMM
  • Surname
    James AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 35872 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 August 1896 AWMM RangioraCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 October 1916 AWMM c/o Mr Murray, Wharanui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.C. James (mother), Rangiora, North Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 February 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Stationhand/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 26 Stationary Hospital, Egypt, suffering from scabies, 21 June 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to hospital suffering from tonsillitis, 12 January 1918 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Joseph Richard and Elizabeth Catherine James of Rangiora, North Canterbury. James' father was originally from England and his mother from Australia.

    After arriving in Sydney, the men of the 22nd Mounted Rifles were sent to Melbourne, where they boarded another ship to take them to Egypt. [NB. James' service records give the name of this ship as "Boorara", but Forbes Eadie's list gives it as "Boora". Eadie's date of arrival at Suez also differs from that listed in James' records.]

    On 3 September 1918, James was sited for disobedience, in particular for being in Jerusalem without a pass, and was forfeited 6 days' pay.

    James returned to New Zealand on board the Ulimaroa, which left Suez on 30 June 1919.

    Moeraki then transfer to Boora at Melbourne for Suez. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 November 1969 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    WestportBuller District AWMM
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      54: 2 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
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