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45107   Private John Alexander McNiece
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 13/03/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Battalion, Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 03/11/1887
Died: 15/10/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
John McNiece was the second son of John and Esther McNiece. John Alexander McNiece was born 3rd November 1887 in Ballymatoskerty, north of Toome in County Antrim. John McNiece emigrated to New Zealand about 1909. Prior to enlisting, John McNiece was a constable with the Nez Zealand Police Force in Invercargill. Private John McNiece was serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Otago Regiment when he received gunshot wounds to the leg in Belgium on 15th October 1917. He died later that day of his wounds.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial
  Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, 
Grave Ref: NZ Apse, Panel 3
CWGC Casualty 847895
The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The names of those from United Kingdom units are inscribed on Panels arranged by Regiment under their respective Ranks. The names of those from New Zealand units are inscribed on panels within the New Zealand Memorial Apse located at the centre of the Memorial.
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1 1901 Census lists 'Meniece' family 1901 census lists John A as age 13 living with the family at house 12 in Ballymatoskerty, Toome Upper, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists McNiece family 1911 census does not list John as living with the family at house 23 in Ballymatookerty, Toome, Antrim
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private John Alexander McNiece
4 Ballymena 1914-1918 Details of Private John Alexander McNiece
5 Dolores Cross Project No picture of inscription
6 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Private John Alexander McNiece including photo
7 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private John Alexander McNiece
8 NOK Address in Ireland Son of John and Esther McNiece of Ballymatoskerty Toome County Antrim Ireland.
9 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private John Alexander McNiece including grave photo
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