O'ROURKE, Thomas Duncan
(Service number 6/2236)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||11 January 1898||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Address at Enlistment||34 Queen Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||J. O'ROURKE (father), 34 Queen Street, Timaru.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||5th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||13 June 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||17 May 1963||Age|
|Place of Death||Dunedin|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas Duncan O'ROURKE was the son of John and Elizabeth ann (Annie, nee CULLEN) O'ROURKE. His brother Francis John O'ROURKE also served in WWI. Thomas was very young when he left for the war.
The 1912 Timaru Technical School has an entry for Thos. D. O'Rourke, but his address is given as Hertford St, Timaru. He was 14 years old in 1912 which would confirm he was very young when he went to war – only 17 by 1915. Thomas' occupation was listed as an office boy.
Timaru Technical School Rolls (SCRoll web submission from J James, Mountainview High School, 30 March 2015); SCRoll web submission by F O'Rourke, 19 June 2017
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