McEVOY, Thomas Samuel
(Service number 14133)

Aliases Tom
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 27 January 1897 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o W. F. White, Waimate
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs E. J. McEVOY (mother), care of W. F. White, South Road, Waimate; 15 Ruskin Street, Addington, Christchurch
Religion Salvation Army
Medical Information

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 5th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 17 October 1961 Age 65 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference Returned Services Division
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Samuel McEvoy was the younger son of Edward and Emma Josephine (née Prue) McEvoy. Tom was one of eleven men who left Waimate by the first express on 8 March 1916. Before departing the men were treated to a send-off. They marched through the streets of Waimate, the Brass Band playing martial airs and a huge red ensign leading the way. The deputy-Mayor addressed them: “. . . . We are all glad and proud to be present and witness the beginning of the great sacrifice you are making – a sacrifice that means severing for a while the connection with the land you love so well. We recognise that nothing but the call of duty would cause men to give so much, as you are doing. We honour you for your readiness to sacrifice personal and business relationships in response to the call from the heart of the Empire for more men. . . . . . . The British have ever fought for the preservation of the rights of mankind. You all knew what your comrades, “Heroes of Anzac”, who have gone before, have done. . . . . .”


Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 December 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 December 2017]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 7 & 8 March 1916 (Papers Past) [30 June 2016]

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