condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Auckland Museum is temporarily closed

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is currently closed to the public in step with our country’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Find out more

James Henry Whyte

Portrait from Powles, C.G. (1922). p. 88 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait from Powles, C.G. (1922). p. 88 - No known copyrigh … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Whyte AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African 95 AWMM
    • WWI 11/698 AWMM
    • South African 4056 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    12 December 1876 AWMM ClevedonAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Jane Johnson Whyte (mother), Seccombe Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Jane J. Whyte (mother), Castlebar, Khyber Pass Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 21 October 1899 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›
  • War
  • Campaign
    • Relief of Kimberley AWMM
    • Driefontein AWMM
    • Johannesburg AWMM
    • Diamond Hill AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African 95 AWMM
    • WWI 11/698 AWMM
    • South African 4056 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Corporal in the Auckland Mounted Rifles AWMM
    • College Rifles AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

Contribute ›

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›


Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Medical, South Africa AWMM
    Fell seriously ill with enteric fever in 1901. AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Whyte was present at Kimberley Camp in February 1900. 'He was considered an excellent soldier and comrade.' (Stowers, p.181)

    Whyte had a bullet pass through his bayonet scabbard and into his horse at Koornspruit.

    Whyte returned to New Zealand aboard the S.S. 'Orient' in January 1901 and later joined the 21 Company (Auckland Section), 7 NZMR as Sergeant (4056). He returned to South Africa aboard the S.S. 'Gulf of Taranto' from Wellington in April 1901. (Stowers, p.181)

    Whyte received the Distinguished Conduct Medal in October 1902. He was promoted to Sergeant Major Lieutenant of the 10 NZMR. (Stowers, p.181)

    In 1902 Whyte was Officer in Command of the Auckland Division, Auckland Company, Auckland Mounted Battalion. He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General of the Auckland Volunteer district in 1907. (Stowers, p.181)

    Whyte also served in World War One. Registration No. 11/698, Wellington Mounted Rifles.

    Officer Commanding Troopships for Africa and Pacific AWMM
Read more


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    3 November 1951 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    TaihapeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taihape Cemetery, Taihape, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember James Henry Whyte by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of James Henry Whyte

Leave a note

Contribute ›



Contribute ›
  • External links
  • Documents
    • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 776 AWMM
    • St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.