ELDER, Thomas Desmond
(Service number 32442)

Aliases Known as Desmond
First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Railway clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A. ELDER (mother), Temuka
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 19th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
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

Retailer, bookseller


Date 19 December 1964 Age 72 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 23, Plot 260
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Desmond Elder was the son of James and Agnes (née McCallum) Elder. He was educated at Temuka School. His brother James was killed in action in 1916 in France. In October 1917 Desmond was progressing favourably in Brockenhurst Hospital, having been preciously reported as dangerously wounded in wrist and thigh.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 February 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 February 2017]; Ruru Cemetery, Christchurch, burial records (Christchurch City Council) [26 February 2017]; Timaru Herald, 31 October 1917 (Papers Past) [26 February 2017]

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