HOSKIN, Cecil Lancelot
(Service number 55498)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date *1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Archie Stephen HOSKIN (father), St Andrews, South Canterbury
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 31st Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 13 November 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 11 June 1961 Age 66 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 54, Plot 839
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cecil Lancelot Hoskin, second son of S. Archelaus and Ellen Hoskin, was born at 'Benalta Villa' Otaio, 1895. Cecil was educated at the St Andrews and Otiao Schools. On leaving school he helped on the family farm, milking cows for a time. He was then employed as a shepherd at Erewhon Station and also on H.B.S Johnston's, Otaio. He took over the local mail run from his father, continuing with the horse and cart delivery, up the Esk Valley three days a week. His hobbies included rifle shooting and cycling racing. He took part in Sports Day in the St Andrew's Domain.

Cecil’s name was drawn in the seventh conscription ballot in 1917, joining the Mounted Rifles. A family history records he travelled with his own horse Fakir. Sadly, at the end of the war the Mounted Rifles’ horses were shot, rather than being shipped home, so the men came home without their mounts.

On his return from the war Cecil married Dora Campbell and had three children: Dorothy Mavis Hoskin, Phyllis Margaret Hoskin, and Colin Reginald Hoskin. He took over Bentalta Villa from his father. With changing times the farmlet proved too small for progress, so he secured a position at Canterbury Frozen Meat works at Pareora, remaining there for 26 years. He shifted to Pareora and then Timaru in his later years. After retiring he helped his son at Hook farm.

Cecil died in Timaru Hospital on 11 June 1961, and is buried at Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 May 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 May 2019]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [13 May 2019); Waimate Daily Advertiser, 9 May 1917 (Papers Past) [13 May 2018]; SCRoll web submission by K Kroening, 20 July 2020; Valerie Harwood "Heritage Trail" (1982)

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