(Service number 11832)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank Private


Date 18 December 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farm Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status single
Next of Kin Martin T Cole,(father) Roslyn Terrace, Timaru
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 12th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Date 1 May 1916
Transport HMNZT 51, Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 February 1918 Age 21
Place of Death France
Cause KIA
Memorial or Cemetery Oxford Road Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference III.G. 7
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimataitai School War Memorial; Memorial plaque, St Mary's Church, Timaru

Biographical Notes

son of Martin Thomas Downing and Ada Cole, 5 Roslyn Terrace, Timaru. Also served in Egypt. Brothers who also served,Bertie Leonard Gordon 12/3532, Roy 24139. Four other brothers were on nominal roll but never served.


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