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Full Name
Jack Heaton Menzies
Rank Last Held
Sergeant
Forename(s)
Jack Heaton
Surname
Menzies
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
26/849
Date of Birth
28 January 1897
Place of Birth
Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment
Teacher
Next of Kin
Archibald Menzies (father), Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand
Physical Description
  • Height: 5 feet 11 inches
  • Eye colour: Hazel
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Hair colour: Dark
Enlistment Date
12 October 1915
Age on Enlistment
18
Body on Embarkation
New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit
4th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation Date
5 February 1916
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
HMNZT 42
Vessel
Ulimaroa
Destination
Suez,Egypt (12 March 1916)
Nominal Roll Number
24
Page on Nominal Roll
19
Campaigns
  • France
  • Belgium
Military Awards
  • Victory Medal
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
Wounds and Diseases
He was wounded on three separate occasions, the first being when he was shot through the hand, the bullets entering on one side and passing out the other. Later, he was shot through the arm, and then finally on his return to the front line he was much more seriously wounded. This time the shrapnel that tore into his back and legs ended his war.
Discharge Date
12 February 1918
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Reason for Discharge
No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action
Place of Death
New Zealand
Date of Death
12 April 1985
Age at Death
88
Year of Death
1985
Cause of Death
Old age, debility, broncho pneumonia
Cemetery Name
North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand
Obituary
NZ Herald
Biographical Notes
  • 152 Home Service. 336 days Active Service. Total Service = 2 years and 123 days.
  • Jack Menzies was born 28 January 1897 at Mangere.
  • His schooling was brief stays at a number of schools. He entered Auckland Teachers' College from Auckland Grammar School.
  • His student teachership was interrupted in 1915 by entering the New Zealand Army and serving in France and Belgium during World War 1. He spent some months in an English hospital after being severely wounded. As a sergeant he was in action at Passchendaele and the Somme.
  • He was wounded on three separate occasions, the first being when he was shot through the hand, the bullets entering on one side and passing out the other. Later, he was shot through the arm, and then finally on his return to the front line he was much more seriously wounded. This time the shrapnel that tore into his back and legs ended his war.
  • His mother, Amelia, received an interesting series of telegrams from the Ministry of Defence to report his slow progress.The first, on 18 June 1917, described him as " critically ill" and then, as he slowly recovered, "dangerously" was substituted for "critically" and finally reduced to "serious but recovering". The last received on 17 September 1917, reported his discharge from Torquay Hospital in England.
  • His hand in later life would suddenly jump, probably as a result of the nerves in the arm being permanently damaged. The injuries affected his stamina for a year before he was fully recovered. Then he was fit enough to play senior rugby for Grammar Old Boys which was considered the elite club in those days of 1921-22. He returned to Auckland in 1921, after spending two years teaching on the Coromandel Peninsula and was appointed as a fully qualified teacher at Wellesley Street School. During his teaching years he held positions at Tokomaru Bay and Hastings (1923-25) and then on his return to Auckland , at Epsom School and at May Road School, which was then a two teacher country school, where he was head teacher. He rode a bicycle from his home in Epsom to May Road School.
  • During the 1930's , Jack became prominent in the affairs of the NZEI. While at Wellesley Steet School, he had been a very young President of the Auckland Assistant Master's Association. Next he went to Remuera Primary School, then to Kowhai Intermediate School and in 1942 became principal of Thames South School. In 1947 he was appointed principal of Parnell School, Auckland, and he held this position until his retirement in 1958. In the late 1950's he was elected to the Dominion Executive of the NZEI and served on varios committees. In 1955, he was elected President of the AHMA. During his term in office , the Association discontinued the awarding of certificates to retiring Presidents (the last one was presented to Mr R.Blennerhasset). One of the issues that arose was support for a commission of enquiry or consultative committee to investigate the administration of education in New Zealand and another concern was the duties of clerical assistants and the need for an increase in their pay.
Postwar Occupation
Teacher
Description of Image
  • Portrait, standing, studio photo
  • Portrait, seated
  • Telegraph from the Ministry of Defence, 30 September 1916 to his mother, Amelia,
  • Telegraph from the Ministry of Defence, 17 September 1917 to his mother, Amelia,
Archives NZ source
Military personnel file
Sources Used
Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
Previous Military Experience
Auckland Grammar School Senior Cadets (registration number 2/1461)

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