(Service number 6/503)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||1 May 1890||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Avenue Road, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Catherine Mathews, Avenue Road, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||17 October 1970||Age|
|Place of Death||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas Matthews (sic) is listed in the Timaru Technical School roll book for 1913 as an adult student, living in Avenue Road. His occupation was listed as being a farmer studying sheep shearing.
The New Zealand Herald of 31 August 1915 listed Thomas [son of Catherine Mathews of Avewnue Road, Timaru], of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, as being wounded in the right thigh and head.
Thomas' brother, Samuel Mathews (no. 16173), also served during the First World War.
Cenotaph (13 November 2014); Gleniti and Waimataitai School admission and withdrawal records (SC branch NZSG); Timaru Technical School roll books (SCRoll submission from J James, Mountainview High School, 23 March 2015); SCRoll submission by K Hill, 30 December 2018
- Timaru Herald 19 Aug 1914 - Thomas MATHEWS departure (pdf, 140.3 KB updated 13-Nov-2014)
- Timaru Herald 4 Dec 1916 - Thomas MATHEWS scholarship (pdf, 92.8 KB updated 13-Nov-2014)
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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)
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