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18642   Rifleman Vesey Fleming
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 15/01/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/12/1894
Died: 03/01/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
Vesey Fleming was the second youngest son of Job and Margaret Fleming. He was born on 21st December 1894 in Desertmartin, Magherafelt. The 1901 census lists the family in Ballymoghan, Magherafelt. Vesey’s mother has recently been widowed (between 1897 and 1901). They were farmers. Vesey Fleming emigrated to New Zealand. He arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in Jan 1914. He was working for Robert Vesey in Mangapapa. He gave his next of kin as his brother, R Fleming, who also lived in Mangapapa, Gisborne. Rifleman Fleming was serving with the 1st Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was injured. He received shell wounds to both feet. Rifleman Vesey Fleming died of his wounds on 3rd January 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Estaires Communal Cemetery and Ext.
  Estaires, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave III-J-2
CWGC Casualty 268173
Estaires is a town and commune in the Department of the Nord, about 11 kilometres west of Armentieres. The Cemetery is on the eastern outskirts of the town and on the east side of the road to Bailleul.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Lecumpher Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Desertmartin
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Fleming family 1901 census lists Vesey as age 6 living with the family at house 8 in Roshure, Ballymoghan, Londonderry
2 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Rifleman Vesey Fleming
3 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Rifleman Vesey Fleming including photo
4 New Zealand Passenger Lists Details of Vesey Fleming's arrival in New Zealand
5 NZ War Graves Project Details of Rifleman Vesey Fleming including grave photo
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Vesey Fleming's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023