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John DathAge: 31 years18841916

Name
John Dath
Birth October 7, 1884 37 28
Baptism October 29, 1884 (Age 22 days)

Note: Godparent: M Armstrong
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
January 5, 1886 (Age 14 months)
Baptism of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
February 9, 1886 (Age 16 months)

Note: Godparents: John and Maggie Ryan
Birth of a sisterHelen Theresa Dath
March 31, 1887 (Age 2 years)
Baptism of a sisterHelen Theresa Dath
September 15, 1887 (Age 2 years)

Note: Godparents: James Kirby and Elizabeth Cutler
Death of a brotherThomas Dath
June 18, 1888 (Age 3 years)
Burial of a brotherThomas Dath
June 1888 (Age 3 years)


Birth of a sisterCatherine Mary Dath
March 20, 1889 (Age 4 years)
Baptism of a sisterCatherine Mary Dath
May 30, 1889 (Age 4 years)
Note: Godparents: Edward Carr and Ellen Cutler
Education between October 28, 1889 and February 4, 1891 (Age 5 years)
School or college: Waitahuna School
Note: Listed as leaving because he was Invalided
Note: Thomas Dath, Paternal Grandfather, listed as Parent on the school roll
Death of a brotherWilliam Joseph Dath
March 19, 1891 (Age 6 years)
Cause: Diphtheria
Burial of a brotherWilliam Joseph Dath
March 20, 1891 (Age 6 years)
Note: Block 10 Plot 3

Death of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
April 1, 1891 (Age 6 years)

Shared note: There was an influenza epidemic in New Zealand in the early months of 1891
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
April 1, 1891 (Age 6 years)
Note: Block 10 Plot 42

Birth of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
April 4, 1891 (Age 6 years)
Baptism of a sisterElizabeth Norah Dath
May 14, 1891 (Age 6 years)
Note: Godparents: Edward and Hannah Carr
Education
Primer 1 - Standard 5
between September 9, 1891 and October 25, 1899 (Age 6 years)
School or college: Waitahuna School
Note: Thomas Dath, Paternal Grandfather, listed as Parent on the school roll
Military
Passed As Fit
November 9, 1915 (Age 31 years)

Military
25/1711 Rifleman New Zealand Rifle Brigade World War 1
between November 27, 1915 and September 15, 1916 (Age 31 years)
Agency: New Zealand Army
Note: Record Detail:
Medical
Measles
between January 12, 1916 and January 25, 1916 (Age 31 years)
Military
Home Leave
February 9, 1916 (Age 31 years)
Death September 15, 1916 (Age 31 years)
Cause of death: Killed in Action
Note: Battle of the Somme
British War Medal and the Victory Medal
British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Note: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal were presented to his mother Bridget Dath 28 September 1923


Burial September 1916 (Age 31 years)
Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery
Note: Historical Information: Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long valley which rises eastwards, past "Caterpillar Wood", to the high ground at Guillemont. The ground was captured, after very fierce fighting, in the latter part of July 1916. It was lost in the German advance of March 1918 and recovered by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 28 August 1918, when a little cemetery was made (now Plot 1 of this cemetery) containing 25 graves of the 38th Division and the 6th Dragoon Guards. After the Armistice, this cemetery was hugely increased when the graves of more than 5,500 officers and men were brought in from other small cemeteries, and the battlefields of the Somme. The great majority of these soldiers died in the autumn of 1916 and almost all the rest in August or September 1918. CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY now contains 5,569 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 3,796 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 32 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to three buried in McCormick's Post Cemetery whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. On 6 November 2004, the remains of an unidentified New Zealand soldier were entrusted to New Zealand at a ceremony held at the Longueval Memorial, France. The remains had been exhumed by staff of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Plot 14, Row A, Grave 27 and were later laid to rest within the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, at the National War Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand. On the east side of the cemetery is the CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, commemorating more than 1,200 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the Battles of the Somme in 1916, and whose graves are not known. This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died.
In Memoriam October 4, 1916 (19 days after death)
In Memoriam October 6, 1916 (21 days after death)
Obituary November 9, 1916 (55 days after death)
Commemoration February 16, 1918 (17 months after death)
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father
mother
Marriage: June 15, 1881Milton, Otago, New Zealand
9 months
elder brother
Thomas Dath
Birth: March 10, 1882 35 26
Death: June 18, 1888Waitahuna Gully, Otago, New Zealand
14 months
elder brother
William Joseph Dath
Birth: May 18, 1883 36 27New Zealand
Death: March 19, 1891Waitahuna Gully, Otago, New Zealand
17 months
himself
We Shall Remember ThemJohn Dath
Birth: October 7, 1884 37 28Milton, Otago, New Zealand
Death: September 15, 1916France
15 months
younger sister
15 months
younger sister
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger sister

Baptism

Godparent: M Armstrong

Education

Listed as leaving because he was Invalided

Education

Thomas Dath, Paternal Grandfather, listed as Parent on the school roll

Education

Thomas Dath, Paternal Grandfather, listed as Parent on the school roll

Military

Record Detail:

Full Name: Rifleman John Dath Rank Last Held: Rifleman Forename(s): John Surname: Dath War: World War I, 1914-1918 Serial No.: 25/1711 First Known Rank: Rifleman Occupation before Enlistment: Miner Next of Kin: Mrs Bridget Dath (mother), Waitahuna, Otago, New Zealand Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Embarkation Unit: 2nd Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company Embarkation Date: 1 April 1916 Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand Transport:

* HMNZT 49
* HMNZT 50

Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti Destination: Suez, Egypt Nominal Roll Number: 27 Page on Nominal Roll: 9 Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade Place of Death: Somme, France Date of Death: 15 September 1916 Year of Death: 1916 Cause of Death: Killed in action

Death

Battle of the Somme

Burial

Historical Information: Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long valley which rises eastwards, past "Caterpillar Wood", to the high ground at Guillemont. The ground was captured, after very fierce fighting, in the latter part of July 1916. It was lost in the German advance of March 1918 and recovered by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 28 August 1918, when a little cemetery was made (now Plot 1 of this cemetery) containing 25 graves of the 38th Division and the 6th Dragoon Guards. After the Armistice, this cemetery was hugely increased when the graves of more than 5,500 officers and men were brought in from other small cemeteries, and the battlefields of the Somme. The great majority of these soldiers died in the autumn of 1916 and almost all the rest in August or September 1918. CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY now contains 5,569 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 3,796 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 32 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to three buried in McCormick's Post Cemetery whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. On 6 November 2004, the remains of an unidentified New Zealand soldier were entrusted to New Zealand at a ceremony held at the Longueval Memorial, France. The remains had been exhumed by staff of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Plot 14, Row A, Grave 27 and were later laid to rest within the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, at the National War Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand. On the east side of the cemetery is the CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, commemorating more than 1,200 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the Battles of the Somme in 1916, and whose graves are not known. This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died.