Tuesday, 7 July 2015



Percy James Kingdon - Class D, 2nd Division Reservist
Kingdon, Percy James: Class ‘D’, 2nd Division Reservist, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1917, WW1; Notes: This is Percy James Kingdon born in 1875 in Cornwall, England, the son of James Kingdon, b.1844 in Advent, Cornwall, England & Elizabeth Jane Wendon, b.1848 in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, who had married in Cornwall, England in 1868 & sailed with young Percy J Kingdon & the rest of their family on 09.09.1879 from England to New Zealand on board the ‘Famenoth’, arriving in Cambridge West in 1880, where he established a Blacksmith’s business on the corner of Shakespeare & Cook Streets; (His Grandparents, Jonathan Kingdon & Mary Orchard Hill had arrived in New Zealand from Cornwall, England in 1872 on the ‘Celestial Queen’); (I understand that one of Percy’s brothers, Samuel Wendon Kingdon, died by drowning in a river at a Wesleyan Picnic in 1883 at the age of 12 years); Percy James Kingdon lived with his parents in Cambridge West as a Compositor in 1896 & 1900; In 1905 & 1906 Percy James Kingdon is recorded in Whangarei, working as a Printer; Percy James Kingdon Married Corinth Marie Louise Mullions on 29.09.1909 & in 1911 they are recorded living in Victoria Road, Cambridge; In 1914 Percy James & Corinth Marie Louise Kingdon are living in Cameron Road, Tauranga; In August, September, October of 1917 Percy James Kingdon registered for WW1 Service with the 2nd Division, New Zealand Expeditionary Force & was classified in ‘Class D’, having 3 children; There are no other military records for this soldier but I do not believe that he actually served in WW1; In 1919 they live at the same address in Tauranga, Percy James is a Printer; His Father died around 1919; In 1928, 1935, & 1938, Percy James & Corinth Marie Louise Kingdon live in Devonport Road, Tauranga & he is working as a Printer; In 1946 they have moved to #31, Eleventh Avenue, Tauranga, where they remained in 1949, 1954, 1957; I believe that Percy James Kingdon died in 1962 Aged 86 & his wife went to live in New Lynn at #21, Heaphy Street, SW3, she is recorded as being Retired; I understand that Corinth Marie Louise Kingdon Died in 1966; (He was the Brother of Kingdon, Irwin Wendon: Private, #48650, ‘A’ Company, Auckland Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, WW1): (He was the Brother of Archibald Henry Kingdon, 2nd Division New Zealand Reservist, WW1): (He was the Brother of Dick Kingdon, 2nd Division New Zealand Reservist, WW1): This family could be researched further;

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