Private

John Ovens

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of John and Martha Ovens, of Foulden, Berwickshire, Scotland; husband of Eva Ovens, of Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Malcolm Dickson
Relationship to casualty: Distant Relation
John's mother Martha was the youngest of 11 children (6 girls and 5 boys) all born in the mid 19th Century in Foulden, Berwickshire, Scotland. Their father began his working life as an agricultu... Read More
John's mother Martha was the youngest of 11 children (6 girls and 5 boys) all born in the mid 19th Century in Foulden, Berwickshire, Scotland. Their father began his working life as an agricultural labourer and then worked as a shepherd and later an overseer, finally ending up as estate manager on the Foulden Estate. The next youngest to Martha was her sister Hume (strange name I know, but very much rooted in the Scottish Borders). Hume married the younger brother (William Rae) of my great grandfather George Robert Rae, both of whom grew up at the opposite end of the very small village of Foulden (pronounced foolden and not foul den).


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
10251
Name:
John Ovens
Rank: 
Private
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Mrs Eva Ovens (wife), Waipatiki Bay, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Occupation on Enlistment:
Engine driver
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
29 September 1916
Day of Death:
Friday
Age at Death: 
29
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
01 April 1916
Transport:

HMNZT 49
HMNZT 50
Vessel:
Maunganui or Tahiti
Destination:
Suez, Egypt

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

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
VIII. B. 19.
Cemetery Location: 
France
John Ovens
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