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Samuel Francis Jonkers (11048) of 32 Green Lane Remuera was killed in action on 1 October 1916, 47 years of age at the Battle of the Somme. His son Edward enlisted with the Cyclist Corps and fought on the Western Front in France. Son Cyril Jonkers was gassed in the trenches on the Western Front in France in 1917 and served with the New Zealand Command in England until the end of the war. Click Here to Read More
Leonard Grimwade attended St John's College at The Pah and obtained the rank of Sergeant in the territorial forces with the 16th Regiment of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club.He was part of the New Zealand Armed Forces, which took part in the first Anzac Landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was killed that day. His brother Edward Norman Grimwade was killed Click Here to Read More
Thomas Henry (Harry) Kinder (British Army) was the second son of prominent Aucklander, Harry Allen Kinder. He joined the Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion, and was involved in various actions on the Western Front. Captain Kinder was reported ‘killed in action’ at the Somme, on 3rd July 1916 aged 24. His older brother John William Kinder joined the Submarines at HMS ’Dolphin’ in 1915 and served on a number of vessels; the HMS ‘Maidstone’, ‘Dolphin’, ‘Titania’ and HM Submarines ‘J6’ and ‘G1’. He was Mentioned in Despatches for bravery (London Gazette 2nd November 1917). Click Here to Read More
Malcolm Innes Finlayson (13/2433), (1885 – 1916), was born on 1 July 1885, the second of four sons and two daughters of Margaret (nee McInnes) and Alexander Finlayson (who died in 1913) of Maungatoroto. Later, the family moved to 15a Norana Avenue, Remuera. Malcolm attended Maungaturoto School, and Auckland Grammar School from 1898. He was killed in action aged 32 years old on 15 September 1916. Click Here to Read More
Robert William Gray (49705) was born on the 10 June 1895 in Cambridge to Elizabeth and William Gray of Monavale, Cambridge. The family subsequently moved to 203 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland. Having fought on the Somme in 1917, Robert died of his wounds on 16 September 1918 in France. Click Here to Read More
William Dobson Eggleston lived at Dunelm, 17 Seaview Road, Remuera, enjoyed golf and was working as an accountant when he enlisted in 1916 in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion. He was a musketry instructor at Sling Camp, in England, then was transferred to France in December 1917. He was killed at the Somme in 1918. Click Here to Read More
Victoria Constance Duthie (nee Clark) was the founder and first principal of Corran School in Remuera. In 1947 she had started a private kindergarten for boys and girls in her home at 13 Wairua Rd, Remuera. The kindergarten then moved to rooms behind the Remuera Library, and as it grew further, moved to her home at 15 Orakei Road, Remuera. Such were the high standards attained by Mrs Duthie that she was persuaded in 1952 to increase the scope of her school and establish a primary school which was officially registered on 28 July 1952. Click Here to Read More
Reuben Charles Porter, 1886-1964, was co-founder with Harold Mason of iron foundry City Engineering in 1910. This became Mason and Porter Ltd in 1916, one of New Zealand's most successful companies, which developed vacuum pumps, engines and hand and motor lawn mowers ROTACUT and ROLAMOWER at the Mt Wellington factory. Reuben was awarded an MBE for his services to industry in WW2 when his company was adapted to repairing and building ships for the U S Army and Navy. Reuben attributed a large part of his success to his wife Enid who ran the administrative and accounting side of the business. He died aged 78 in 1964. Click Here to Read More
Thomas Henry (Tom) Ah Chee (1928-2000) opened the first supermarket in New Zealand or Australia in 1958. The Otahuhu Foodtown supermarket was beside the Great South Road to the south of Otahuhu but was in fact situated in Otara. He was born in Remuera, Auckland, but travelled with his parents to Canton, China, in 1931, returning to Auckland as an 11-year-old. Click Here to Read More
The Reverend John Robert Burgin was assigned to the NZ Chaplains Dept of the N Z Rifle Brigade in 1916. He was at the Battle of the Somme but had to return to New Zealand due to ill health. He became Vicar of St Peter's Church in Onehunga in 1919 but died in 1920 from the effects of being gassed at the Somme. Click Here to Read More