Topic: John Gilmore Fenton (1888-1918)

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Te Puke farmer John Gilmore Fenton was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in Northern France on 27 March 1918. Story by Debbie McCauley.

John Gilmore Fenton was born in Tauranga on 22 September 1888 (reg. 1888/7649). His parents were James Henry and Alice Fenton (nee Gilmore) who married at the Holy Trinity Church in Tauranga in 1878. Both were born in Ireland.

James worked as a farmer at Te Puke and was a keen sportsman.

He enlisted to fight during World War I on 19 January 1917 and served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion (Service No. 52400).

Private John Gilmore Fenton was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in Northern France on 27 March 1918 at age 29. He is remembered on the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

John is also remembered on his parents headstone at the Old Te Puke Cemetery.

John Gilmore Fenton (1888-1918)



Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Clement, Christine (2011). The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Te Puke and District (pp. 92-95).

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John Gilmore Fenton (1888-1918)

Note:Service Number: 52400
First Names:John Gilmore
Last Name:Fenton
Date of Birth:22 September 1888
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 March 1918
Place of death:Somme, Northern France, France
Place of burial:Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Fathers name:James Henry Fenton
Fathers date of birth:1844
Fathers place of birth:Killiad, Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland
Fathers date of death:10 September 1917
Fathers place of death:Te Puke, New Zealand
Mothers name:Alice Gilmore
Mothers date of birth:1857
Mothers place of birth:Clydesburn, Ballyhalbert, County Down, Ireland
Mothers date of death:21 May 1934
Mothers place of death:Te Puke, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)