SHEARS, Thomas Edward
(Service number 294)
|Aliases||Birth registered as Thomas Edward Henry SHEARS|
|First Rank||Gunner||Last Rank|
|Date||6 November 1889||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||24 August 1914||Age||24 years 11 months|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience||Cadets South Canterbury Battalion - 5 years; completion of service|
|Next of Kin||B. SHEARS (father), Stafford Street, Timaru, N Z|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 130 lbs. Chest measurement 33-34½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black.|
|Served with||Australian Imperial Force||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade|
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|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
October 1915 admitted to hospital in London, suffering from dysentery. 1 August 1917 admitted to First London General Hospital, suffering from malaria.
|Date||16 December 1960||Age||71 years|
|Place of Death||New South Wales, Australia|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, New South Wales|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas Edward SHEARS, born in 1889, was the son of Benjamin and Annie (née COOKE) SHEARS. Benjamin and Annie had married in England and come to New Zealand in about 1880. Thomas started at Kakahu Bush School, then moved to Geraldine in 1902. He enlisted with the Australian forces at sydney on the outbreak of war. He married Arthuretta Alison MacKENZIE in 1920 at Sydney.
Attestation Paper for Australian Imperial Force (National Archives of Australia) [22 July 2014]; Australia Cemetery Index (ancestry.com.au) [29 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 16 October 1915, 17 August 1917 (Papers Past) [12 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 July 2014]; Australian Electroal Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [29 July 2014]
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