Date Born

23rd November 1897

Birth place:

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

Date of Death:

26th October 1918


Killed in action

Duty Location:

France and Flanders


Vertigneul Churchyard, Romeries, Nord, France

Grave/Memorial reference No 2.


4th Battalion 3rd  “D” Company New Zealand Rifle Brigade


Lance Corporal

Service No:


Military Information:

John left Wellington, New Zealand on 23rd April 1918 on the ship”Willochra”
 with 36th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.81] 37th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade and the 28th Reinforcements Maori Contingent.

Transhipped aboard the liner “RMS Ormonde” at Suez  and again transhipped at Taranto aboard the liner – “Duchess of Argyle” to Southampton where troops arrived 18 July 1918. Fourteen weeks later he was killed in action in France.

Medals Awarded

1914/15 Star

The 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.

Victory Medal

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.


John Clement Dove and Mary Blanche Dove (nee Canning)

Other Information:

John Canning Doves’ connection to Falfield.

John  had two aunts Matilda Mary Dove (1871– 937) and Agnes Evelyn Dove (1876-1950) who are both buried in St George’s Church, Falfield. Research has also established that his Great Aunt Susanna Dove was also living in Falfield  between 1850 and 1937 residing at Falfield House, Mount Pleasant with Matlida prior to their deaths in 1937. Susanna Dove is buried in the churchyard at Mount Pleasant Chapel, Falfield. Agnes Dove died in 1950 with burial records recording that she was living at “The Cot” St Mary’s Road, Portishead.

 It is assumed that they got his name added to the War Memorial.

John’s father was John Clement Dove (1861-1939) who was the son of Revd. William Dove (1797-1855). His mother was Blanche Mary Canning (1868-1938), both of whom were born in Australia. John Clement Dove’s father was the Rev William Woodman Dove (1831-1867) who was born in Falfield and some time between 1851 and 1853 emigrated to Cassillis, New South Wales and in 1859 married Martha Hensley the day after she arrived in Australia after emigrating from England. John Clement Dove was the son of Revd. William Dove (1797-1855) who was the Minster at the United Reform Church Thornbury from 1831 to 1843. In 1850 he moved to Falfield House next to Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Matilda and Agnes Dove were the daughters of Dr John Reuben Bathurst Dove 1837 – 1904 who was the son of Revd. William Dove (1797 – 1855)  and a brother to Susanna Dove

Credits: St George’s Church Baptism and Burial Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, , scribes-alcove

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