ELKIS, Thomas Grattan
(Service number 60918)

Aliases Surname also spelt ELKES & ELKERS
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 15 January 1890 Place of Birth New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs H. M. ELKIS (wife), 56 Salisbury Street, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
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 30th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry

Military Awards

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railway employee


Date 31 May 1968 Age 78 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area 9, Plot 162
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Grattan Elkis was the younger son of John and Norah (née Connolly) Elkis. His mother died three months after his birth. He was educated at Winchester and Temuka schools. Thomas married Helena (Ellen) Mary Downes on 22 January 1915 at Temuka. Their first child, Pauline Veronica Elkis, was born on 29 June 1916 at Winchester. His older brother, William Henry Elkis, wascalled up while working as a railway porter at Palmerston North.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [[15 March 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 March 2018]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 March 2018]

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