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James Flower Raxworthy Comer

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 142 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 142 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Flower Raxworthy AWMM
  • Surname
    Comer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    James Flower AWMM
  • Service number
    • 3/1154 AWMM
    • 5452 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 November 1890 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 290 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Watson's Road, Sockburn, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Miss Isabella Alice Purvis (friend), 87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Isabella Alice Comer (wife), 4 Middlepark Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Husband of Isabella Alice (nee Purves). AWMM
    • I interviewed Jim in the 1970s --- about the cave houses he built at Taylors Mistake. He also talked a little about his wartime experiences. The interview is lodged with Nga Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington. A transcript is available. Public - Don - Friend - 16 July 2019 - Refer to original recordings held at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.
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About death

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  • Death
    1980 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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  • Another year, another moment to pause and reflect on James’s rich full life - and feel grateful for his friendship with Fred Crum, cut short in Gaza, and their shared love of horses, their spirit and humour.
    Public - Gina - 9 April 2021
  • James Flower Raxworthy Comer was besties with my great-uncle Fred, and took haunting photos of his wrapped body, his burial and his initial grave decorated with pebbles (now he is in Deir El Belah). Both of them were keen photographers, with Fred's photo of a "best friend" horse being shot particularly well known. We are so grateful to JFRC for being Fred's mate.
    Public - Gina - 11 November 2018
  • In about 1972 I interviewed Jim Comer at Rannerdale Home, along with another resident. Jim Mitchell. I vividly remember the experience, which took some hours. I have the tape somewhere, but i doubt that it has much left on it after all those years. Jim had served at both Gallipoli and with the Mounted rifles in the desert. He often came out with incredible comments, to the ear of a young man like me. I recall asking him where the war ended for him, and he said it was in Damascus. he told the story, then added the king hit "I saw Lawrence of Arabia's entry into Damascus" There were moments during the interview where we shared common understandings. He was a deep thinker. Jim was a very courteous elderly man when I interviewed him, and had a quiet dignity and inner bearing that made my time with him very much appreciated by me.
    Public - John - Researcher - 5 February 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 142 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 40 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.40 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
09 April 2021GinaCanberra AustraliaOther
27 August 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
16 July 2019DonDays Bay, Lower HuttFriend
05 February 2015JohnNew ZealandResearcher

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