TWOMEY, John Thomas
(Service number 1/263)

Aliases Thomas
First Rank (1) Private; (2) Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 28 June 1893 Place of Birth New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment (1) 31 Macdonald Crescent, Wellington
Occupation (2) Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status (1) Single
Next of Kin (1) T. TWOMEY, Methven Hotel, Methven; (2) T. TWOMEY (father), Methven
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) Samoan Advance Party; (2) New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) 5th (Wellington) Regiment; (2) 6th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date (1) 15 August 1914; (2) 26 July 1916
Transport (1) Moeraki or Monowai; (2) Waitemata
Embarked From (1) Wellington; (2) Wellington Destination (1) Apia, Samoa; (2) Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Australasian; Weatern European
Service Medals 1914-15 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 (1) 12 November 1915; (2) 6 June 1919 Reason (2) Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 3 July 1969 Age 76 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Thomas TWOMEY, known as Thomas, was the son of Irish parents, Timothy and Nora Annie (Annie, nee DILLON) TWOMEY. His brother Jeremiah also served in WWI. Thomas was among the first to respond to the call, leaving on 15 August 1914 with the Samoan Advance Party. He served in amoa for three months in 1914. Thomas gave a total of 3 years and 159 days of service, all but about 5 months overseas. He returned to New Zealand by the "Kia Ora" in June 1919. he did have a few indiscretions - in June 1915 he overstayed his leave, for which he lost three days pay and was confined to barracks for two days; . . . . [cont.]; and in April 1917 he was deprived of two days pay for parading with a dirty rifel and for parading unshaven.


Cenotaph Database [21 January 2015]; Waimate headstones & burial records transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG & [21 January 2015]

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