Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lance Corporal James Jopp Obituary - Lake Wakatipu Mail

On Saturday last Mr A. Jopp of Arrowtown received the distressing news that his brother, Lance-Corporal James Alexander Jopp, M.M., had been killed in action in France on 29th August. Although Lance-Corp. Jopp left New Zealand with the 17th Reinforcements and had been in the firing line for a considerable time, he had escaped mishap of any kind right up till the time he was killed. He enlisted from Taranaki, where he had been proprietor of a mail carrying and livery stable business, and went forward with the 9th Hawkes Bay Company. Lance-Corp Jopp who was between 33 and 34 years of age, was a native of Arrowtown, where he received his primary schooling. He finished his education, however, at the Southland Boys' High School. He was the youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr J. L. Jopp of Arrowtown.  Like all the male members of the worthy house of Jopp, deceased soldier was a keen footballer and a fine all round sport in the truest sense of the word. He was generous, broad-minded, and a man of honour, and as such was highly respected and immensely popular wherever he went. He was also possessed of determination and a calm, strong courage, so that it was not surprising to his friends and acquaintances that he was recommended a few months ago for the coveted honour of a Military Medal.  Deceased was unmarried. Much sympathy will be felt in this district for the members of the Jopp family in their bereavement. Deceased's widowed mother lives at Gore with her youngest daughter, Miss Marguerite Jopp.  His other sister is Mrs R. Martin (Otama). Mr A. Jopp (Arrowtown), W. and R. Jopp (Riversdale) and Jack Jopp, Pleasant Point (Canterbury), are brothers.

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