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James McGregor Elmslie

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James McGregor AWMM
  • Surname
    Elmslie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 378 AWMM
    • 11/629 AWMM
    • WWI 11/629 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 August 1876 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra WaverleyTaranaki Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Waverley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs James Elmslie (wife), Blair, Asher Street, Coogee, Sydney, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Exhibited great gallantry and high qualities of leadership on the night of 8/9 August near Chunuck Bair ridge, in rallying & reinforcing the left of Brig-General Johnston's line, after it had been severely shelled and our advanced troops brought back. 'London Gazette' AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 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
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 11.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      172 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 10 August 1915 , Major Elmslie was buried at Old No. 3 Post.

    Son of Anne Elmslie, of "Hillside," Waverley, and the late Peter Elmslie; husband of Martha Jean Elmslie, of "The Shack," 2, Kelso St., Burwood, Sydney, Australia. Served in the South African Campaign.

    Embarked Wellington, 16 October 1914; disembarked Alexandria, 3 December 1914.
    Killed in action, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915.

    Parents: Anne Elmslie, 'Hillside', Waverley, and the late Peter Elmslie; Wife: Martha Jean Elmslie, 'The Shack', 2 Kelso Street, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

    Father was named Peter Elmslie. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 38 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Chunuk Bair Memorial AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM

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  • The story we have been told through our branch of the family is that James served in the Boer War and returned home with no intention of ever being involved in warfare again. When the call came for volunteers we were told that James let it be known he had done his share. Then the NZ (govt / army?) sent someone, or a delegation, to try and coax James to return to service. That his service had been so well recognized in the Boer War that his input was specially requested says a lot personally.
    Public - Megan - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
  • Born at Waverley, South Taranaki in 1876. Occupation sheep and cattle farmer. Parents pioneer farmers Peter and Ann Elmslie of "Hillside" Waverley. Jim married Martha Jean Hamilton of Sydney Australia in 1914 (no children). He fought with distinction in the Boer War and at Gallipoli. He was killed in action rallying his men on the top of Chunuk Bair Gallipoli on 9th August 1915 and was buried with Major Chambers at Old No3 Post. Jim was greatly respected and loved by his men who thought the world of him. He performed three distinct acts of gallantry at Gallipoli and was recommended for a posthumous Victoria Cross by his CO, but it was not awarded, as it was against British policy for a Major to receive a VC. Mentioned in dispatches 1916. Remembered in this centennial year (and always) by his many great nephews and nieces. A great New Zealander.
    Public - Andrew Cecil - Other Relative - 30 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 215 AWMM
    • Wilkie, A.H. (1924). Official War History of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment 1914 - 1919. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      Wilkie, A.H. 'Official War History of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment' p.58 & 59. AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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. 5: Includes portrait 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


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
09 July 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
16 December 2017DonPerth, Western AustraliaResearcher
08 April 2015MeganAuckland, NZOther Relative
30 March 2015Andrew CecilTe Aroha WaikatoOther Relative
13 March 2015ElizabethChristchurch new ZealandOther

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