SHEARS, Thomas Edward
(Service number 294)

Aliases Birth registered as Thomas Edward Henry SHEARS
First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 6 November 1889 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 24 August 1914 Age 24 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Mechanic
Previous Military Experience Cadets South Canterbury Battalion - 5 years; completion of service
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin B. SHEARS (father), Stafford Street, Timaru, N Z
Religion Unitarian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 130 lbs. Chest measurement 33-34½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black.

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade
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Embarked From Destination
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Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

October 1915 - admitted to hospital in London, suffering from dysentery. 1 August 1917 - admitted to First London General Hospital, suffering from malaria.

Post-war Occupations

Electrical engineer


Date 16 December 1960 Age 71 years
Place of Death New South Wales, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, New South Wales
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Edward SHEARS, born in 1889, was the son of Benjamin and Annie (née COOKE) SHEARS. Benjamin and Annie had married in England and come to New Zealand in about 1880.

Thomas started at Kakahu Bush School, then moved to Geraldine in 1902. He enlisted with the Australian forces at Sydney on the outbreak of war. He married Arthuretta Alison MacKENZIE in 1920 at Sydney.


Attestation Paper for Australian Imperial Force (National Archives of Australia) [22 July 2014]; Australia Cemetery Index ( [29 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 16 October 1915, 17 August 1917 (Papers Past) [12 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 July 2014]; Australian Electroal Rolls ( [29 July 2014]

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