80896 Lance Corporal John Barclay - 42nd Reinforcements

John Barclay was born in Dundee, Scotland on the 24th January 1876[i] his parents Mary and Morrison immigrated to
New Zealand from Scotland, with John late in the 1870’s.[ii]  

John Barclay married Caroline Mary Litten, at Little River on the 14th April 1901. The Litten family were also a farming
family in the Little River area. John and Caroline had two children John Douglas (1902) and Caroline Agnes Barclay (1907).[iii]

The Barclay family moved to the Pauatahanui area in 1913/1914 with both John Douglas and Caroline Agnes Barclay enrolled at the Judgeford School in 1914.[iv]

24th May 1918 he volunteered [v] for service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. At this stage of the war the
NZEF was accepting older recruits and John Barclay was passed fit.

80896 Private John Barclay entered Trentham Camp on the 22nd May 1918 as part of the 41st Reinforcements.
Private Barclay was transferred to the 42 Reinforcements in July 1918 and was promoted to Lance Corporal prior to the 42nd Reinforcements sailing for England on the 1st August 1918.

80896 Lance Corporal Barclay arrived in England in October 1918 and was moved into the Reserved Battalion of the
New Zealand Rifle Brigade at Brocton where he reverted, as was standard practice, to the ranks.

Rifleman Barclay was still under training when the Armistice was signed on the 11th November 1918 but remained in England until he was discharged from the NZEF, at his own request, on the 7th May 1919. It is possible that he wished to
visit relatives in Scotland.

John Barclay returned to Pauatahanui prior to  1921 and purchased additional land on the
southern shore of the Pauatahanui inlet including a 1912 homestead that for many years
was known as Barclay House.

John and Caroline were involved with the Returned Servicemen’s Association with supporting
ex-servicemen and their wives on Anzac Day hosting them after the parade at the
Pauatahanui Memorial.[vi]  John was also a Hutt County Councilor for some years.

St Alban's Church, Pauatahanui c1931 

John Barclay died in 1956 and it buried in St Alban’s Church, Pauatahanui.

John Barclay is recorded on Pauatahanui’s Roll of Honour housed at in the St Alban’s Church,

Papers past Online
Pauatahanui – a local history: Helen Reilly
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 80896 Lance Corporal John Barclay

St Alban’s Church 1931 – Alexander Turnbull
Pauatahanui 1911 – Alexander Turnbull

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 80896 Lance Corporal John Barclay
[ii] Golden Wedding, 6th June 1922, Akaroa Mail & Bank Peninsular Advertiser
[iii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 80896 Lance Corporal John Barclay
[iv] Judgeford School Rolls 1879 - 1935
[v] Call to Arms, 24th May 1918, Evening Post
[vi] Pauatahanui – a local history.
Pauatahanui c1911