Pte. James Edward Hamblyn

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Pte. James Edward Hamblyn

Birthplace: New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
Death: July 27, 1917 (27)
Ypres, Belgium (World War I: Killed in Action)
Place of Burial: Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Mesen, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles John Hamblyn and Mary Ann Hamblyn
Brother of Pte. Henry John Hamblyn; Pte. Richard Ernest Hamblyn; Pte. Frederick Leonard Hamblyn; Ivy May Petch; Arthur Leslie Hamblyn and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer | Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Find A Grave ID: 13808670
Service No: WWI 10/3894
Managed by: Charlene Newport
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About Pte. James Edward Hamblyn

Six Hamblyn brothers enlisted in Tariki, Taranaki to serve during World War One, only two came home. The first brother to lose his life at war was Henry, aged just 20, killed in action on New Zealand’s last day at The Somme. Later his brothers William and Thomas, both serving with the 1st Battalion of the Wellington Regiment, fought in the final push for Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917. The next day, New Zealand troops declared victory after two years of fighting to take the ridge from the German front line. Tragically both brothers were killed within hours of each other. Nearly a month later, the fourth brother James lost his life, just down the hill from Messines near La Basseville on 27 July 1917. An appeal was made by Tariki Patriotic Society to the Minister of Defence, Sir James Allen. Soon after, a decision was made to return the two remaining Hamblyn brothers home – one already wounded at a War Hospital and the other withdrawn to base duties out of harm’s way. Their mother Mary Hamblyn faced more heart-breaking loss at home, when her youngest son and husband died of Spanish flu. Source: Puke Ariki (Facebook, 25 April 2021).


  1. Cenotaph Record
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record
  3. New Zealand War Graves Record

Private in WIR, file number 10/3894. Son of Charles John and Mary Ann Hamblyn, of Sackville St., Fitroy, New Plymouth


  1. New Zealand and World War One Roll of Honour: / Ref 9.4.2021
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Pte. James Edward Hamblyn's Timeline

September 10, 1889
New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand

Birth Registration Number: (reg. 1889/12284).

July 27, 1917
Age 27
Ypres, Belgium
July 27, 1917
Age 27
Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Mesen, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium