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John Reginald Wait (service no. 12859) was a First World War soldier with links to St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere.

John Reginald Wait: Star: 8th January 1918, p.6 John Reginald Wait  was born in Dunedin on the 14th July, 1891. He was the second son of Herbert Wells Wait (an accountant) and Sophia Elizabeth. Later his family moved to Christchurch, and sometime between 1911 and 1914, moved to 95 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere.

John was a bank clerk at the Bank of New Zealand for four years before he enlisted. He was also a rower, belonging to the Canterbury Rowing Club. He belonged to the Christchurch Football Club, and the Territorials. He was an Anglican.

He was tall (5’11”) with grey eyes and light brown hair.

He enlisted on 9th February, 1916, with the 13th Reinforcements, and become a Gunner with the New Zealand Field Artillery. They left New Zealand on 27th May, and headed to England, where they did some more training at Sling Camp. Then on the 17th October, they headed into France. John fought in the trenches in France and Belgium, suffering through a very cold winter in early 1917. He spent 3 weeks in hospital from mid-January. Then he fought throughout 1917, with just two weeks’ leave in September. On 13th October, 1917, he received a wound to the abdomen, and although he was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station in the field, he died the next day. He was 26.

He was buried in the Nine Elms British Cemetery, in Belgium.

He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

His name is on the memorial plaque for BNZ staff in the BNZ Arcade, Wellington, and on the roll of honour at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Cashmere.

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John Reginald Wait

First Names:John Reginald
Last Name:Wait
Place of Birth:Dunedin