John L McIndoe was born in Dunedin in 1898. He studied art with Alfred O’Keefe before joining the family printing business. During the Second World War he enrolled with the 1st Echelon of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, serving in Eygypt, Libya and Greece. He was captured by German forces in Crete in May 1941, while serving as a Captain attached to the New Zealand Division Supplpy column.
McIndoe spent the remaining four years of the war as a Prisoner of War in Germany. Following the war an exhbition of his artworks, completed while in a Prisoner of War camp, was held in London. McIndoe returned to New Zealand, working in the printing business until his retirement in 1961. He continued to paint, especially in pastels and watercolour.
- Archives New Zealand Documentation, Series 898, National Collection of War Art