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James Pendergrast

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Surname: Pendergrast

Forenames: James

Age at Death: 28

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Date of Death: 15/09/1916

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Family and other Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pendergrast, of Pokeno Valley, Waikato.

Memorial: Pokeno

Service No: 23/254

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Unit: 1st Bn. 3rd

Embarkation Date:

Place of Death: France

Cemetery Name: Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial

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Cause of Death: Killed in action

Memorial Image:

Personal Details from Military Record

Eye Colour: Grey Brown

Hair: Dark Brown

5ft 11in

11st 7lb

Date of Birth: 25/08/1887

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Presbyterian

Next of Kin: John Pendergrast (father)

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General Information


The battle of the Somme began in July 1, 1916, with a disastrous attack by British forces in which 20,000 men died. The New Zealand Division joined the battle in mid-September 1916, as part of the second big “push”. 15,000 members of the division went into action. Nearly 6000 were wounded and 2000 lost their lives. Over half the New Zealand Somme dead have no known grave. By the end of the campaign in November 1916, the Allies had advanced, at most, 12 kilometres into German-held territory. Over a million men had died on both sides.

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2 Responses to “Pendergrast, James”

  1. Guest says:

    love and memories of our great man james pendergrast.albert pendergrast

  2. Guest says:

    name and graved on his father’s name John Pendergrast at Pokeno cemetery

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