1. Document:New Zealand WW1 Masonic List N.Z.

Awards & Titles:

British War Medal
Victory Medal
Silver War Badge 215376/3

Early Life :

His image can be found as a family group on Find-a-Grave.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 1/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 

1st Battalion August 1914 : in Bordon Camp. Part of 3rd Brigade, 1st Division. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. 8 November 1914 : transferred to I Corps. 21 July 1915 : transferred to 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. 15 December 1915 : transferred to 100th Brigade, 33rd Division. 5 February 1918 : transferred to 19th Brigade, 33rd Division.

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

Detail :

Major John Butterill Ariell, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment.

John became eligible to carry a Silver War Badge from 6th April, 1918.

The Northern Advocate provides an obituary:
"MAJOR J. B. ARIELL. PAPAROA, This Day. The passing away of Major Ariell removes another of the bonds which link the district today with its interesting pioneer history. A son of the late Mr W. W. Ariell, he was born in London, and educated at the Forest Hill school. He came to Paparoa shortly after his parents in 1872, settling on land near the Upper Pahi River. Associated with his father on the same farm, he proved an industrious and successful settler. In several public matters he was prominent, notably as district Coroner for 21 years. For three years he represented the Paparoa Riding on the Otamatea County Council. In defence matters he was keenly interested and in the days of volunteering he was sergeant major in the old Otamatea Mounted Rifles. During the Great War, though over 60 years of age, he journeyed to Europe and took service in the Queen’s Royal West Surrey (Labour Battalion), receiving the rank of major from the Imperial War Council. During the conflict he was gassed, and has since suffered from chronic bronchitis. In Masonic circles Major Ariel was well known, being one of the Charter members of Franklin Lodge, Paparoa. Heart trouble added to the bronchial affection resulting from the War, hastened his end. However, though subject to intermittent attacks of sickness, he was during recent years frequently about and active, and had several good days immediately prior to his death. He passed peacefully away early on Monday morning last. Major Ariell was married in 1882 to Miss Mary Thomson. He is survived by his widow and the family of two sons, Messrs Douglas and Allan Ariell, and four daughters, Mrs W. W. Upton, Mrs C. Lamont, and the Misses Isabel and Hannah Ariel. The funeral took place at St Mark’s Anglican Cemetery, Paparoa, on Wednesday, many residents gathering to pay the last tribute to one who has been identified with the district life for over half a century."

His death was also reported in the New Zealand Herald 16th May, 1929:-
"DEATHS. ARIELL.—On May 11, at his residence, Thorne, Paparoa, John Butterill Ariell (Major), dearly-loved husband of Mary Ariell; aged 75 years.—By request no mourning."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St George No. 1801 E.C.New Zealand (North Island)
Joined : Franklin No. 2138 E.C. New Zealand (North Island)
Joined : Star of the North No. 1647 E.C. New Zealand (North Island)

2nd June 1887
30th June 1887
28th July 1887

John was initiated into St. George's Lodge No. 1801, at Dargaville, Auckland, New Zealand, when he was a 32 year old Seller, resident at Paparoa.

Joined Star of the North Lodge No. 1647, Whangarei on the 26th October, 1898. No details are recorded other than his name and contributions and that he joined from Lodge No. 1801. He resigned on 3rd, October. 1906. He further joined Franklin Lodge No. 2138 on the 7th June 1904 when he is listed as a Farmer resident of Whakaparate. A year of war service is seen for 1916, whereafter dues are paid until "Res'd 25/5/1921."

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