John is remembered on Northgate High School Memorial, Ipswich. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
Born: 6th May 1889, Stutton, Suffolk.
Died: 7th June 1917; age: 28; KiA.
Buried in angle formed by meeting of Stinking Farm Road and X Road running North in to Messines past La Basse Court Farm, about 150 yards S of Stinking Farm Road and 200 yards from Messines.
Residence: Marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand.
Occupation: a Farm Hand, for Mr. J. Wing, of Marton. John was never absent from work through sickness or accident. Mr. J. Wing considered John as not only an employee but also a friend.
Enlistment Location: Trentham, Upper Hut, New Zealand; Date: 29th May 1916; Age: 26 years & 11 months; Religion: Presbyterian. Height: 6ft 2ins, medium complexion, brown eyes & black hair. Sign up for the Duration of the War.
Embarked: Wellington – HM NZ Troopship ‘Devon’ – 25th September 1916 – 21st November 1916 – Devonport.
Embarked from Devonport – 21st November 1916.
Rank: Riflemen; Service Number: 25957.
Regiment: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd (Rifle) Brigade – 11th Reinforcements.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. H. Southgate, of England.
Brother to SAMUEL SOUTHAGTE.
1891 Alton Mill, Stutton, Suffolk.
John was a year old and living with his parents and paternal cousin.
Herbert Southgate, 41, a Miller – employer, born Needham Market, Suffolk.
Justina Florence Southgate (nee Jarrett), 28, born Diss, Norfolk.
Herbert Southgate, 5, born Stutton.
Ashford Southgate, 3, born Stutton – died 1895, Suffolk.
Samuel Southgate, 4 months, born Stutton.
Hubert Southgate, 18, a Miller, born Writtle, Essex.
1 general domestic servant.
1901 Rookery Farm, Bentley, Suffolk.
John was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Herbert, 51, a Farmer & Corn Miller – employer.
Eva Southgate, 16, born Stutton.
Annie Southgate, 8, born Stutton.
Jarrett Southgate, 6, born Stutton.
Marion Southgate, 5, born Stutton.
Arthur Southgate, 3, born Stutton.
Olive Southgate, 1 born Bentley.
John’s British War medal was sent to Herbert Southgate on the 18th November 1921. The Victory medal on the 22nd September 1922.
Probate to Herbert Southgate – father, a Farmer, of Bentley, Suffolk.
John and Samuel are also remembered on the war memorial at Bentley, Suffolk.