TWOMEY, Ernest Matthew
(Service number 3/2443)

Aliases Probably known as Matthew (Mathew). Burial records give Matthew/Mathew Ernest. Cemetery plaque gives E. M. TWOMEY.
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 4 February 1885 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs J. N. TWOMEY (mother), Temuka
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcemnets J Company
Date 19 January 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Army Service Corps

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 July 1963 Age 78 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Old Levin Cemetery, Tiro Tiro Road, Levin
Memorial Reference RSA Block, Row 14, Plot 169
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Ernest Matthew TWOMEY was the son of Jeremiah Matthew and Teresa Mary (nee HUGHES) TWOMEY, of Temuka. His father was a Member of the Legislative Council. His brother Francis Hugh TWOMEY was killed in action in 1917 in the Palestine. Another brother, Brian Leo TWOMEY also served in WWI. Matthew received his education at the Temuka Catholic School and his senior education at the Temuka School and, on leaving school, he was employed in the Temuka Leader office. Matthew was resident at the War Veterans Home in Levin when he died.


Cenotaph Database [20 January 2015]; Old Levin Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery Records & headstone image (Horowhenua District Council) [21 January 2015], Old Levin Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch Cemetery fiches & [21 January 2015]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [21 January 2015]

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