EGAN, Thomas Sylvester
(Service number 22163)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||13 June 1894||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Date||3 May 1916||Age||21 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Featherston M Camp|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Eugene EGAN (father), Police-station, Greymouth; then of Police Station, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 133 lbs. Chest measurement 32½-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth sufficient. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, nveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccination. Godd bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||7th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||21 August 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||26 January 1919||Reason||Termination of Period of Engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Gassed on Western Front and admitted to a military hospital in London on 25 February 1918.
|Date||24 May 1970||Age||75 years|
|Place of Death||34 Woodlands Road, Timaru (residence)|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 26 May 1970|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 100, Plot 184|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas Sylvester EGAN was the son of Eugene and Mary (née ELKIS) EGAN. His father was Senior-Sergeant of the Police and was involved in the arrest of Thomas Hall when he attempted to murder his wife.
A grandson, Geoffrey Egan, recalls: "Thomas Sylvester Egan was my father's father and got to the front lines. There were two notable stories from the front lines. The first was when the Germans fired shells at grandfather's comrades they dived into a hole, a shell landed near them, the two men each side of him were killed but Tom only suffered a nick to his ankle. The second story was he fell victim to mustard gas so bad he was sent home, he couldn't shave for two years."
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 October 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0037366) [12 August 2015]; Timaru Herald, 30 April 1917, 7 March 1918, 30 September 1919, Temuka Leader, 22 May 1919 (Papers Past) [20 October 2014]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [11 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 26 & 29 May 1970 (Timaru District Library) [29 June 2016]; SCRoll web submission by G Egan, 13 January 2022.
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