THOMAS, Edwin Laurence
(Service number 7/1938)

Aliases Edward Lawrence
First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 27 June 1895 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age 21
Address at Enlistment Catherine Street, Timaru
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. THOMAS (mother), Catherine Street, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1918 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 22 October 1919 Reason Discharged on termination of service

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 1 August 1954 Age 60 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 43, Plot 766
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edwin Laurence THOMAS was the son of John THOMAS and Albina STEVENS. His brother Arthur Frederick THOMAS died in 1918 as a result of his war service and is buried in the Timaru Cemetery.


Cenotaph Database [29 July 2014]; Headstone image Timaru Cemetery (TDC) [2014]; Family history notes supplied [October 2014]

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available.

Researched and Written by

Currently Assigned to


Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB