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John Porteous Barr

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 49), Page: 12 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 49), Page: 12 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Porteous AWMM
  • Surname
    Barr AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 35476 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 May 1887 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AshburtonCanterbury Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs J.P. Barr (wife), Yaldhurst, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Military Medal - 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack on Grevillers on 24th August 1918 he was a platoon sergeant. The Battalion on the right not having started Sergeant Barr led half the Platoon through their area to keep our flank clear thus ably assisting the advance. Later on reaching the wire South-West of Grevillers a machine gun opened fire on the party but was rushed and put out of action by the Sergeant. He showed great coolness and presence of mind during the advance and subsequent consolidation.' - 'London Gazette'- 11/02/1919 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Farmer/Civilian 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
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 9" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      168 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked Wellington, 30 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 February 1917. Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, and posted to 15th Company, 15 April 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 28 May 1917.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, in the field, 20 September 1917. Promoted Corporal, 24 November 1917. Appointed Lance Sergeant, 10 January 1918.
    Detached to School of Instruction, 14 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 1 February 1918.
    Transferred to 3rd Bn, NZ Rifle Brigade, 21 February 1918.

    Joined 2nd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, in the field, 26 April 1918.
    On leave to United Kingdom, 27 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 14 August 1918.
    Wounded in action, 30 August 1918 (gun shot wound, right arm: slight), and admitted to 1/2 East Lancashire Field Ambulance; transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 30 August 1918, and thence by Ambulance Train No 8 to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, 1 September 1918. Transferred to England, 3 September 1918, and admitted to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 4 September 1918; discharged to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, 17 September 1918.
    Awarded Military Medal for gallantry in the field.
    Found guilty, Codford, 20 December 1918, of being absent without leave: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay.
    Commenced return to New Zealand on board SS 'Corinthic', 12 March 1919; discharged, 21 May 1919.
    Total war service: 2 years 266 days (of which 2 years 115 days were abroad).
    Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Parents: John (b. Scotland) and Emma Barr AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 July 1970 Military Personnel File
  • 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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      49: 12 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
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