Timaru's Memorial Wall

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Timaru's Memorial Wall

The Memorial Wall is located behind the Cenotaph.

The names of all those who died from all of South Canterbury and from all the wars are found on the Memorial Wall, which was, constructed c. 1998 of local bluestone and fourteen black granite panels. The Memorial Wall is located directly behind the Timaru Cenotaph located at the south side of Timaru in Queen Street near the gardens and hospital in two halves with seven panels on each.  At Anzac Day boutiques of flowers are laid on the wall and a poppy taped beside a beloved relative's name. WW2 names

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Photos of the Timaru Memorial Wall taken December 3rd 2002. Courtesy of Stumpy Marsh.  

80070, Rfm John Hutchison, 3rd NZRB, 5th Bn.

Died at the 2nd N.Z.G.H. Walton on Thames, England 3rd January 1919. John was born on 9 January 1890 in Wemyess Bay, a village on the coast of the Firth of Clyde, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland. His mother was born at Gatehouse, Scotland. Presbyterian. He was a twin, his brother being Robert Chesney Hutchison born 15 minutes before him.

John emigrated to NZ in 1910 and married married Mary Agnes King at Hastings on 18 August 1915. She already had a daughter Veronica Mary King born Nov. 1909 at Hastings, N.Z not born 16 May 1916 as noted in John's service record on Archways. She was living at 14 Victoria St., Timaru in 1918 and later at 30 Queen St., Timaru in 1922.

John was a Mail Coach Driver for W.L. Bourn of Fairlie and was living in Fairlie when he attested into the 41st Reinforcements at Timaru on 23 April 1918. His medical was at Timaru 23rd April 1918. His stated age was 24, 5ft 9 and 149lbs. Hair light brown. Classified as A. by A. Baigent, Major & Captain Stanley H. Hogg.

John left NZ from Wellington on 27 July 1918 in "F" Company, 41st Reinforcements arriving in London on 4 October 1918 and was based at the NZRB training camp at Staffordshire. He did not leave the UK. He was admitted to Walton on Thames Hospital on 30 December from Brocton Camp. Patient emaciated, tongue dry, urine contains sugar and albumin. suffering from glycosuria (excretion of glucose in the urine) (Diabetes) and became comatosed on 1st Jan. 2020 and John died of that on 3 January 1919. He was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery on 7 January 1919. Age on his headstone is 29 (he was 28 years 1 1months and 23 days).

His name appears on the Timaru Memorial Wall and on the war memorial at Maxwelltown and Troqueer in Kirkudbright, Scotland. His name also appears on his parents' gravestone in Troqueer Cemetery. Also mentioned on that headstone is John Allen Hutchison, the son of John who died on 17 August 1919 aged just 11 months. His son was born whilst his father was in transit from NZ to the UK so, sadly, they would never have met. On 11 January 1922 insulin was first used in the treatment of diabetes.  Photo Jan. 2021 of headstone courtesy of Graham Grist, ENG.

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South Canterbury Roll of Honour 1916.  Booklet with black & white photos. 24pp. Contains names of officers and men killed in action or died of wounds or sickness in WW1 1914-15. Published on behalf of South Canterbury Caledonian Society, January 1916. It has 99 small photos. Only one woman, Sister Mary Gorman. Highest rank is a major. One text page at front and one page of roll of honour at rear.