THOMSON, Matthew Henry
(Service number 3260)

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Date *1885 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 26 August 1915 Age 30 years
Address at Enlistment Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
Occupation Coachbuilder
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John THOMSON (brother), Te Pahu, via Frankton Junction, Auckland, New Zealand
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10¾ inches. Weight 170 lbs.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 7th Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 19th Battalion
Date 20 December 1915
Transport Suevic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Liberation Date


Date 10 March 1917 Reason Medically unfit.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 May 1931 Age
Place of Death Hazelbrook, New South Wales
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Matthew Henry Thomson was born at Timaru in 1885, the youngest son of Matthew and Louisa Mary (née Corkhill) Thomson. He was educated at Hamilton West and Rotorua schools. Matthew was only 2½ when his father died at Timaru in 1887. His mother, from the Isle of Man, died in 1896 at Rotorua. Matthew enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 26 August 1915 at Holsworthy, New South Wales. He was 30 years old, a coachbuilder and single. His nominated next-of-kin was his brother – John Thomson, Te Pahu, via Frankton Junction, Auckland. Matthew had served a five-year apprenticeship at Otahuhu.

M. H. Thomson commenced the return to Australia on board “Karoola” on 12 April 1916, and disembarked on 12 May. He was discharged on 10 March 1917 at Sydney, medically unfit. [Cenotaph Database]. He married Mabel W. Belfield in 1924 in New South Wales. Matthew Henry Thomson, a retired soldier, died on 8 May 1931 at Hazelbrook, New South Wales. He had returned home from service suffering from phthisis. Mabel was the administrator of his estate.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [13 April 2020]; School Admission records [19 April 2002]; Australian Death Index [19 April 2020]

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