Topic: John Coradine

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From research done in 2009 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: John Coradine

Date of Birth: 8 August 1887
Serial number: 26/46
Occupation before enlistment: Solicitor
First known rank: Corporal
Embarkation date: 5 February 1916
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation unit: 4th Battalion, Machine-gun section
Last unit served: Machine Gun Corps
Rank last held: Sergeant
Place of death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 3 August 1917
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name: Messines Ridge (N.Z.) Memorial

Biographical notes:

Wairarapa Daily Times, 9 October 1915, under Personal Items "Mr John Coradine, solicitor, of Masterton, and a soldier of the King with the Earl of Liverpool's Own Regiment, was yesterday admitted by His Honour Mr Justice Chapman as a barrister of the Supreme Court."

In 1899 the Coradine family home was broken into and a book was published telling the tale - The Chloroform Gang by Frank Fyfe.

Wairarapa Daily Times, 18 August 1917, under Personal Items "The Chamber of Commerce yesterday afternoon on the motion of Mr R. Brown, seconded by Mr G. C. Summerell, decided to forward a letter of condolence to Mr and Mrs J. M. Coradine on the loss of their son, Sergeant J. Coradine."

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 16 August 1917, under Personal Items "A Masterton hero. Sergeant J. Coradine. The sad news reached Masterton this morning that a very popular Mastertonian, Sergeant Jack Coradine, had been killed in action. Deceased left with one of the early contingents and saw particularly heavy fighting in France. He was a typical soldier, and his work at the front was earning for him the highest praise of his superior officers.
The deceased was the second son of Mr and Mrs J. M. Coradine, of Masterton, and conducted a very successful business in Masterton as barrister and solicitor, subsequently taking Mr W. Noble as a partner. The deceased showed brilliant ability as a law student and passed his examinations with high honours before he was 21 years of age.
The late Sergeant Coradine was closely connected with the sports and pastimes of the town. He took a leading part in the work of the Wairarapa Amateur Athletic Club, and was at one time its secretary. With all whom he came in contact with deceased was very popular and his death will be deeply deplored. To Mr and Mrs Coradine will be extended the sympathy of the whole of the Wairarapa in their sad bereavement."

Other items: Wairarapa Daily Times, 17 August 1917; 20 August 1917; 24 August 1917.

Student researcher: Catherine McNeill




John Coradine

First Names:John (Jack)
Last Name:Coradine