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.


Memorial Reference:

Messines Ridge (new Zealand) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. H. Southgate, of England.






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.

Florence, 38.

Eva Southgate, 16, born Stutton.

Herbert, 15.

Samuel, 10.

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.

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