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Full Name: John Appleton
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John
Surname: Appleton
War: South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.: 2717
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1876
Place of Birth: Opotiki, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Religion: Church of England
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Farmer
Next of Kin: John Appleton (father), Opotiki, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Opotiki, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Physical Description:
  • Height: 5 foot 10.5 inches
  • Weight: 10 stone
Enlistment Date: 6 April 1900
Body on Embarkation: 5th Contingent
Embarkation Unit: 5 Contingent, D Squadron
Embarkation Date: 31 March 1900
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Waimate
Destination: Beira, Portuguese East Africa
Campaigns:
  • Rhodesia
  • Western Transvaal
  • Western Orange Free State
Military Awards:
  • Queen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 Clasps)
  • Coronation Medal 1953
Discharge Date: 11 August 1901
Reason for Discharge: Completion of service
Place of Death: Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Death: 24 March 1930
Age at Death: 53
Year of Death: 1930
Cemetery Name: Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
Grave Reference: Plot 1/87
Biographical Notes:
  • Eldest son of John Appleton 1838-1909 , who served with the 1st Waikato Militia Regiment and Josephine Lizzie Shouls
  • 1909: Married Mary Wharenui
Description of Image: Headstone, Otahuhu Public Cemetery of John Appleton 1838-1909 and son John Appleton 1876-1930 (photograph Paul Baker 2008)
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Military Service Record
  • Stowers, R. (2004). Rough riders at war. (3rd ed.) Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
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