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26128 Private Joseph Henry Mepham – 17th Reinforcements

Joseph Henry Mepham was born in Porirua on 25th January 1893[i] the third of eleven children in the family of
Agnes Ann (nee Simmons) and William Mepham[ii].

William had come to Porirua to work on the Manawatu and Wellington Railway and had married Agnes in 1889. The
couple remained in Porirua with William at one stage the official Lamp Lighter and also one of the Road Maintenance
team.

Joseph Henry Mepham attended Porirua School being enrolled in 1898, all of his siblings also attended the school.

In 1916 Joseph was selected in the military ballot and was passed fit at his medical examination prior to entering camp
on 30th May 1916. The 23 year is listed as a labourer employed at the North Island Brewery, Mangatanoka with his
mother Mrs W Mepham, Porirua listed as his next of kin.

On 1st September 1916 Private Joseph Henry Mepham, F Company, 17th Reinforcements again went before a medical board. This examination recorded that he had rheumatism and it was serious enough for him to be discharged as not suitable for military service[iii].

Joseph returned to the Piahatua area and married Emily King in 1923[iv].

Joseph Henry Mepham died in 1967.

Notes
Mepham Place, Porirua East is named in honour of William Mepham who worked on Porirua Roads for 30 years.

Two of Joseph’s brothers also served in World War One
11901 Private Arthur James Mepham – Wellington Infantry Regiment
69419 Private Ernest Alfred Mepham – Wellington Infantry Regiment

References
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files

Photos

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 26128 Private Joseph Henry Mepham
[ii] NZ BDM
[iii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 26128 Private Joseph Henry Mepham
[iv] NZ BDM
Porirua Township c1920