Ottolangui-Langley OZ & NZ

Killed in Action

Jacob Joshua Ottolangui
1894 – 1917
(Also Jacob or John Langley)

Jacob with his mother Agnes

JACOB JOSHUA OTTOLANGUI was born on 5th February 1894 in Dunedin, NZ, and died on 17th August 1917 in France. He was the 11th child of DAVID OTTOLANGUI and AGNES DOSSETT. Jacob joined the forces as John Langley.

He was serving at Romarin camp near Messines (Mesen) in Flanders and while he was on parade some enemy shells fell. Jacob was hit and died as he was being carried to the dressing station at about 10am. He is buried in the Maple Leaf Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belguim.
Maple Leaf Cemetery was begun in December 1914 by fighting units and field ambulances, but from July 1915 to April 1916, the village was occupied by the Advanced Dressing Station of the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance and the cemetery thus acquired its present name. The last Commonwealth burial was made in December 1917, but German graves were added in April 1918 when the cemetery was in German hands.

From the New Zealand War Graves Project
Service Number:          23573
Name:                          John Langley
Rank:                           Private
Date of Birth:               Not known
Next of Kin:                 Mrs Agnes Langley (mother), 85 Queen Street, Musselburgh,
Dunedin, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:     Not known
Civil Occupation:         Storeman
Armed Force:              Army
Unit:                             NZEF, Otago Regiment, 1 Battalion
Embarkation Body:     New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Place:    Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:     27 May 1916
Transport:                    HMNZT 54 or HMNZT 55
Vessel:                         Willochra or Tofua
Destination:                  Plymouth or Devonport, England
Cause of Death:           Killed in action at Messines
Date of Death:              17 August 1917
Day of Death:               Friday
Age at Death:               22

By bryanell2020

Occasional genealogist and full-time Ottolangui family historian. 8th generation descendant of the 17th century Ottolenghi family of Livorno, born in London, graduated in Birmingham, lived around the United Kingdom, Israel, and in Rome, Italy. For a short while in Buenos Aires, and currently residing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I have been since 2005.

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