McLAY, Thomas Benjamin
(Service number 6/4109)

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Date 6 March 1879 Place of Birth Waikouaiti

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Victoria Street, Timaru
Occupation Platelayer
Previous Military Experience South African War
Marital Status Married. Three children
Next of Kin Mrs T. B. McLAY (wife), Waikouaiti, Otago
Religion Anglican
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 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 December 1964 Age 85 years
Place of Death Waikouaiti
Memorial or Cemetery St John's Anglican Cemetery, Waikouaiti
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Benjamin McLay was the fourth son of John McLay and Ellen née Bray. He was educated at Waikouaiti School, leving at 14 years to go home to work. He married Helen Ida Grindell on 17 December 1903 at Geraldine. Thomas had already served in the South African War. Private T. B. McLay, Timaru, was one of the recruits for the Tenth Reinforcements who left South Canterbury in mid November 1915 for Trentham Camp.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 August 2019]; school Admission record; Timaru Herald, 13 November 1915 (Papers Past) [12 August 2019]

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