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James Ernest Cairns

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Image of Gravestone at Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland provided by Paul Baker March 2013 - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Cairns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 2/2590 AWMM
    • WWII 36887 AWMM
    • WWII 2/2b/402 AWMM
    • WWII 2/26/402 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 August 1895 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs R. Cairns (mother), Picton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Citation: "Awarded for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack by a British division at Bellevue Spur 20 October1918. This Sergeant under the greatest difficulties through incessant machine gun fire and artillery fire succeeded in establishing and maintaining the forward section of communication from artillery observation officer to brigade headquarters thereby greatly assisting the successful conclusion of the operations." AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 October 1915 AWMM Draper/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    10 November 1975 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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