Katikati e-memorial for soldiers who left from Katikati to serve in World War One

A project completed in association with the Katikati Returned Services Association.

Information kindly researched and provided by P.R.Lascelles NZEF Research Service with additional material provided by local families.

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Serial No.1 76929
Rank Private
Full Name James Frederick EARL
Status/Occupation -- / Farmer
Body 40th Reinforcement, NZEF
Unit E Company
Last Address --
Next of Kin E. Earl (Father), Katikati, Tauranga
WW1 Medal Entitlement British War Medal 1914-19
Embarked 2 Embarked 10th July 1918
aboard HMNZT 107 (ss Tahiti)
and disembarked 10th September 1918 at Plymouth, ENGLAND.
Casualty List 3 No
Roll of Honour 4 No
Notes The 40th Reinforcement was one of the last units to leave New Zealand. They did not arrive in time to participate in active service and were therefore only entitled to receive the British War Medal 1914-19.

Sickness Outbreak en route to UK
Private Earl travelled to England aboard the ss Tahiti. From the "List of Casualties - NZEF" it would appear that a total of 16 men (1 Sgt, 1 Corporal and 14 privates) Died of Disease during the voyage to the UK from New Zealand.

ss Tahiti
Gross Tons: 7585
In USSCo Fleet: 1911-1904
Built by: A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. Linthouse as Port Kingston.
Previous owners: Imperial Direct West India Mail Service Co. Ltd. (Elder Dempster & Co. Mgrs). 1904-08.
Elder Dempster & Co. Liverpool 1908-11.
1930 Broke starboard tail shaft 15th August 1930 which punctured hull. Sank 17th August 1930 (24.40S - 166.15W) about 460 miles from Rarotonga on passage Wellington to San Francisco.

1. New Zealand Expeditionary Force - Embarkation Roll 1914-1918
2. Studholme, J. Some Records of the N.Z. Expeditionary Force
3. New Zealand Expeditionary Force - List of Casualties
4. New Zealand Expeditionary Force - Roll of Honour

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