James Edwards

Additional Information: 

Son of Benjamin and Kathleen Edwards (nee Watt), of Whanganui, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Helena Lambert Edwards, of Mamaku, Auckland.

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Biographical Notes:

“The following information was found and provided by Ms. Jill Bratcher: Mr. Edwards was on "loan" to the Canadians at the time of his death. He was in San Francisco and was in a car accident. No one having claimed him, he was buried in the pauper's section. In fact, his grave had no marker until about five years ago, the Canadian War Graves Commission paid for one. "They were just out here recently to tend to his grave," I was told by a member of the Live Oak Cemetery Association. She explained that "sapper" was his rank. The only information she had that was not on the marker was his birth date of 15 December 1901.” [Source:, Accessed: 30/07/2022]

“EDWARDS. —Mrs. J. Edwards and Family, of Mamaku, wish to sincerely thank all kind friends and relatives for letters, telegrams and personal messages of sympathy when dearly-loved husband and father, Sapper James  Edwards, was reported accidentally killed in San Francisco.” [New Zealand Herald, Volume 80, Issue 24742, 16 November 1943, Page 1]

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Trevor Page
Relationship to casualty: Researcher, Executive Director of NANZAC a US based non profit
James Edwards cause of death was as a result of being hit by a truck while crossing the road at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Submitted by: Sandra Lorraine Coney
Relationship to casualty: Researcher
James Waitana Edwards was born on 15 December 1901 at Wanganui, to Benjamin F J Edwards who was a native assessor in the Maori Land Court. Benjamin's mother was Mere Waitana, daughter of Te Haua... Read More

Personal Tributes:


Service Number: 
James Edwards
Date of Birth:
15 December 1901
Place of Birth:
Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Next of Kin: 
Mrs H L Edwards (wife), Mamaku
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Locality on Enlistment: 
Steele's Mill, Mamaku
Place of Enlistment: 
Rotorua, New Zealand
Marital Status:
Occupation on Enlistment:
Locomotive Driver
New Zealand Engineers, 15 Forestry Company

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Accidentally killed
Date of Death:
10 October 1943
Day of Death:

Embarkation Details

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum


Cemetery Reference: 
Spec. Mem, Monument. Legion Plot.
Cemetery Location: 
United States
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