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James Houlker

Portrait, Captain James Houlker (6/1572) from the Weekly News. Kindly provided by Onward Project, Phil Beattie & Matt Pomeroy. No Known Copyright.

Portrait, Captain James Houlker (6/1572) from the Weekly News. Kindly provided by Onward Project, Ph …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Houlker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/1572 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 May 1880 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
    Blackburn, Lancashire, England AWMM
  • Date of birth
    19 May 1880 Public - Annelise Joy - Other Relative - 8 May 2015 - England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002.
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs William Houlker (mother), 18 Brougham Street, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/1572 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action early in campaign, hospitalised, recovered and returned to the frontline. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in the August Offensive, 1915, when he received a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was taken from Anzac Beach to the hospital ship Valdivia on 8 August 1915. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of William Houlker and Hannah Maria Houlker, of 18, Brougham St., Nelson.

      James Houlker enlisted as a Captain and left for Suez with the 3rd reinforcements of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. He served briefly at Gallipoli. He was wounded early in the campaign, was hospitalised and recovered. Soon after returning, he was wounded again. In early August he received a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was taken from Anzac Cove to the hospital ship Valdivia on August 7. He was very feeble and died the following day at 3:15pm. Houlker was buried at sea that evening, near Anzac Cove. AWMM
    • Old Boy of Nelson Boys College, Nelson City, New Zealand. James Houlker attended Nelson Boys College from 1893 to 1900. As well as attaining excellence academically James Houlker also performed well on the sports field - particularly in athletics, rowing and rugby. James Houlker was also active in the Nelson College Dramatic Society : www:
      After his death at Gallipoli in 1915 - Nelson College founded, in 1916, in his honour the James Houlker Memorial Prize (1916) which is still offered to Nelson Boys College students today. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 23 January 2017 - Nelson College Old Boys' Association :
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About death

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  • Death
    10 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Remembered on the Anzac Park Cenotaph in Nelson; Nelson Cathedral and the Nelson College Scriptorium Public - Peter - Researcher - 25 April 2018 - on site
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  • Memorial name
    Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM

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  • In memory of Great Uncle James - who was mortally wounded at Gallipoli and died on one of the hospital ships anchored in the bay - buried at sea. Lest we forget xx
    Public - Helen - Other relative - 21 April 2017



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
09 September 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2018PeterNelson, New ZealandResearcher
21 April 2017HelenKapitiOther relative
23 January 2017JeniferWairarapa New ZealandResearcher
04 July 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher

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