EGAN, Thomas Sylvester
(Service number 22163)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 13 June 1894 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 3 May 1916 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment Featherston M Camp
Occupation Telegraphist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Eugene EGAN (father), Police-station, Greymouth; then of Police Station, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
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.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 7th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 21 August 1916
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Messines; Passchendaele
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 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.

Post-war Occupations

Postal worker


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

Biographical Notes

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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