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- New Zealand WW1 BWM to 68764 RFLM. J. Tait N.Z.E.F. - NZRB Reserve - Sole Entitlement.
New Zealand WW1 BWM to 68764 RFLM. J. Tait N.Z.E.F. - NZRB Reserve - Sole Entitlement.
A single, full size silver WW1 British War medal to 68764 Rifleman James Tait of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
James was a Saddler, prior to his WW1 service with a Mason Struthers of Christchurch. He listed a Perveral St address as where he lived in Christchurch, while his Wife, his next of kin, was listed in North East Belt, Ashburton. James was born in Scotland.
He started his service on the 15th of Oct 1917, as part of Specialist Coy, 36th Reinforcements. He was transferred to 35th Reio, Specialist Coy on the 22nd Nov 1917, and then back to the 36th Reio on the 27th of Feb 1918. He then transferred again to D Coy, 37th Infantry Reio on the 10th of April 1918. James left NZ as part of A Coy, 36th Infantry Reinforcements on the 23rd of April 1918.
James disembarked at Suez, and was to spend 2 months at the Australian Camp there. He then embarked again at Alexandria for the UK on the 4th of July 1918.
He arrived at Brockton Camp in the UK and joined the Reserve Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on the 18th of July 1918.
He spent the remainder of the War and early 1919 in the UK.
In July 1919, he went AWOL from Codford Cap and was punished with forfeit of Pay.
In total, he was to spend 1 year and 338 days overseas.
He was discharged 17th of Sept 1919 from the NZ Army.
This is James' sole entitlement. His BWM is in good condition, with a length of ribbon attached.
His WW1 service file is available on-line here: