James Bodell (c. 1831 – 23 September 1892) was a New Zealand soldier, businessman, local politician and writer. He was born in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England and was Mayor of Tauranga between 1888 and 1889.[1]

Early lifeEdit

The son of framework knitter William Bodell and his wife, Maria Margrom, James Bodell was baptized in Arnold – a town in the English ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire – on 3 July 1831. The family soon relocated to Leicester, a city around 30 miles (48 km) away, where Bodell attended school for three years.[1]


Bodell enlisted in the 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot in 1848, the year of a series of revolutions in Western and Central Europe.[1]

Later lifeEdit

His memoirs, edited by Sir Keith Sinclair, were published in 1982 as A Soldier’s View of Empire.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Keith Sinclair. "Bodell, James". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ A Soldier’s View of Empire: The Reminiscences of James Bodell 1831-92 edited by Keith Sinclair. London, The Bodley Head.

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