(Service number 6/503)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 1 May 1890 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Avenue Road, Timaru, New Zealand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Catherine Mathews, Avenue Road, Timaru, New Zealand
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 17 October 1970 Age
Place of Death Christchurch, New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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

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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)

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