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Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Cray, Yorkshire

Service No: 26/410

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Otago Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 3rd Battalion

Division: New Zealand Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1917-11-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XXVI. AA. 1.


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Additional Information:

James Metcalfe (born 5 November 1883) was the son of John and Alice Metcalfe, née Burton. John was born at Mossdale Head and Alice at Garsdale, Yorkshire.

1891 Kettlewell, Yorkshire Census: West Scale Park - James Metcalfe, aged 7 years, born Cray, Yorkshire, son of John and Alice Metcalfe.

1901 Kettlewell, Yorkshire Census: New Leeds - James Metcalfe, aged 17 years, born Cray, Yorkshire, son of John and Alice Metcalfe.

James emigrated to New Zealand. His last New Zealand address before joining the army was: Coffee Palace, Masterton.

For additional information see: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006, ISBN 1 901214 66 4).

New Zealand service records:

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

METCALFE, James (Jim), aged 34, New Zealand Infantry Brigade, formerly of Kettlewell, died of wounds Dec. 1917.


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Private James METCALFE

Private James METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Otago Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Otago Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand Division

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Forename(s): J

Country of Service: New Zealand

Service Number: 26/410

Rank: Private

Regiment: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Unit: 3rd Bn.

Age: 34


Died Date: 28/11/1917

Additional Information: Son of Alice and the late John Metcalfe, of Kettlewell, near Skipton, Yorks, England.

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Metcalfe Society

(Supplied by David Metcalfe, Keeper of the Computer Index for the Metcalfe Society, Catterick Garrison)

My step grandmother’s uncle on my mother’s side - James Metcalfe who died 28 Nov 1917 was born 5 Nov 1883 at Cray. Baptised 17 February 1884 at Hubberholme the son of John & Alice (Burton) Metcalfe. In 1891 he lived at West Scale Park above Kettlewell and in 1901 at New Leeds, Kettlewell. I haven’t discovered anything so far about his “emigration” to New Zealand, if in fact, he ever did.


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28 December 1917

METCALFE – Died from wounds at the 10th Clearing Station, France, Private James (Jim) Metcalfe, New Zealand Infantry Brigade, second son of the late John and Mrs. Metcalfe of Kettlewell, aged 34 years.

28 December 1917


The death is officially announced of Private James Metcalfe, who, when fatally wounded, was a stretcher-bearer in the New Zealand Infantry Brigade. He died from wounds at the 10th Clearing Station, France. A year after the war broke out he joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, and early in the Spring of 1916 arrived in France. While with the Rifle Brigade he was wounded in the Battle of the Somme on the 15th September, and was on ‘sick leave’ in England until the lst June 1917, when he returned to France.

Letters received at his home from the chaplain state that “everything that nursing and medical skill could provide was at his disposal, but all in vain. He is laid to rest in a British Soldiers’ Cemetery, two miles west from Poperinghe, Belgium, and a little wooden cross marks the spot.”

We will give a photograph of the deceased soldier next week.

04 January 1918


We reproduce photograph of Private James Metcalfe, of Kettlewell, whose death from wounds received in action on the Western Front we reported in our issue last week. He was a stretcher bearer in the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, which he joined a year after war broke out.

29 November 1918

METCALFE – In loving memory of Private James Metcalfe, of the N.Z.R., died of wounds received at Passchendaele, November 27th, 1917.

We who loved him sadly miss him,
As it dawns another year;
In the lonely hours of thinking
Thoughts of you are always hear.

From his sorrowing Mother, Sisters and Brother, Kettlewell.


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