McVEY, Thomas George
(Service number 51538)

Aliases Enlisted as Harry McVEY
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 21 December 1899 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Royal Hotel, Wellington
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. McVEY (father), Albury, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
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 26th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 12 June 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 November 1943 Age 43 years
Place of Death Italy
Cause WWII
Memorial or Cemetery Sangro River Cemetery, Italy; Timaru Cemetery (parents' headstone)
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 49, Plot 171
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas George was the son of John McVey and his wife Annie née Morrison. Thomas George McVey served as Harry McVey in World War, perhaps to mask the fact that he was underage, as his birthdate was also incorrect. he served again in Europe and Africa in World War Two when he died. Two brothers who served in World War One lost their lives - Daniel Morrison McVey in 1915 in Egypt and William Robert in 1917 in France; while his eldest brother John enlisted but did not goe overseas.all three brothers are remembered on their parents' headstone in the Timaru Cemetery. Another brother - Horatio Trafalgar Nelson McVey - also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Datavase [22 June 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 June 2017]; Timaru cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 June 2017]

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