Topic: John Vernon Herbert Bellers (1886-1916)

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Commission agent John Vernon Herbert Bellers was killed in action at Belgium on 4 August 1916.

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John Vernon Herbert Bellers was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on 17 October 1886. His parents were Robert George and Ellen Bellers (nee Fielding).

John worked as a Commission Agent in Tauranga. He spent four years serving with the New Zealand Rifles and three years in the Royal Navy.

In 1910 he married Mary Ann Coates in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

John enlised in World War I from Montréal on 27 May 1915 and became a Lance Corporal (Service No. 419043). He served with the Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment, 42nd Battalion).

He was awarded the Military Medal

John was killed in action in Belgium on 4 August 1916. He was aged 29. He was buried in the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Komenseweg, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

John Vernon Herbert Bellers (1886-1916)

References: Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Canadian Great War Project


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John Vernon Herbert Bellers (1886-1916)

First Names:John Vernon Herbert
Last Name:Bellers
Date of Birth:17 October 1886
Place of Birth:Gisborne
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:4 August 1916
Place of death:Belgium
Place of burial:Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Komenseweg, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Occupation:Commission Agent
Spouses name:Mary Ann Coates
Date of marriage:1910
Place of marriage:Montréal, Québec, Canada
Fathers name:Robert George Bellers
Fathers date of birth:1848
Fathers place of birth:India
Fathers date of death:1895
Fathers place of death:Auckland, New Zealand
Mothers name:Ellen Fielding
Mothers date of birth:5 June 1857
Mothers place of birth:Banyule City, Victoria, Australia
Mothers date of death:4 January 1888
Mothers place of death:Hauhaupiko, Gisborne, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)