STURGESS, Joseph Thomas
(Service number 23/611)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 16 February 1887 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Queens Terrace, Waimate
Occupation Farm work
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. STURGESS, Queen's Terrace, Waimate, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
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Date 11 October 1923 Age 36 years
Place of Death Willowbridge
Cause Accidentally killed
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph Thomas Sturgess was the son of William and Ann (Annie; maybe née Chandler) Sturgess. He was a keen sportsman and played in many rugby football teams. Joseph enlisted early in the war and served on various fronts. Joseph lost his life in an accident at Willowbridge. While felling tres he was on the head by a falling branch and died almost immediately. He was to be given a military funeral. Joseph was born and brought up in Waimate, where he had made a large circle of friends, his genial nature making him a favourite with all. (see Press, 13 October 1923)


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) 22 March 2018]; Waimate Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [22 March 2018]; Press, 13 October 1923 (Papers Past) [16 February 2018]

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