GILLIES, Thomas Sinclair
(Service number 11/2006)

Aliases Sinclair
First Rank Second Lieutenant Last Rank


Date 25 January 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihao Forks, Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin B. GILLIES (father), Wildforks, Waimate; Mt Nessing, Albury
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 9th Reinforcements, Wellington Mounted Rifles, B Squadron
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui 
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Cross

Award Circumstances and Date

London Gazette, 26 November 1917

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


Date *May 1971 Age 76 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 83, Plot 588
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Sinclair Gillies was the eldest of the four children of Bruce and Elizabeth (née Pringle) Gillies. Known as Sinclair, he was born on 25 January 1895 at Temuka. He was educated at Watohi, Gleniti and Fairlie schools before returning to Gleniti and then on to the High School. Sinclair Gillies was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the field (Timaru Herald, 16 November 1917, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 17 November 1917; reference Cenotaph Database).

After the war Thomas married Norah Olive Harvey (b.1890) in St Saviour's Church, Paddington, London, in 1919. The couple had two sons: Bruce Harvey, who died at El Alamein in WWII, aged 23; and James Sinclair who died at Temuka in 1925, aged only 4 years. Norah, his wife, died in Temuka in 1940. Like his son Bruce, Thomas also saw service in World War Two.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2018]; Timaru Herald, 16 November 1917, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 17 November 1917 (Papers Past) [21 May 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 May 2018]; School Admission records; Temuka Cemetery burial record (Timaru District Council) [23 May 2018]; SCRoll web submission by J MacDonald, 16 November 2021.

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