BLANCHETT, Thomas Buller
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|Aliases||Enlisted as Thomas BLANCHETTE. Birth registration BLANCHETT.|
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|Date||5 August 1900||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||23 September 1918||Age||18 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Mokoia, Hawera|
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|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 127 pounds. Class A.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
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|Date||19 March 1973||Age||72 years|
|Place of Death||Auckland|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cremated Waikumete|
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Thomas Buller Blanchette was the only child of Thomas Blanchett and his first wife, Florence Elizabeth née Scott. He was christened on 30 December 1900 at St Mary's Timaru. His parents seem to have, on occasion, used the spelling Blanchette from the early 1900s. Thomas junior was educated at Timaru South and Timaru Main schools.
He put his age up by two years when he attested for war service. Thomas was married in 1921 to Kathleen May Bensemann, by whom he had a family. They later divorced and he remarried before World War II, to Dorothea Eileen Mudgway.In April 1939 he was in arrears with maintenance due to his wife and was to serve a prison term if the maintenance was not paid off. The following month Kathleen M. Blanchette petitioned for divorce on the ground of separation for the statutary period.
Thomas played cricket and euchre, he performed well in ballroom dancing, was a Lodge member, and frequently performed the duties of MC, Thomas Blanchette was approved as a member of the Levin Fire Brigade, on the Superintendent’s recommendation, in June 1932. In 1937 he received a five-year medal to mark the completion of five years’ service. The following year he transferred to the Shannon Brigade. His father served in World War I under a false name. Thomas junior went on to serve in World War II.
NZBDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 November 2019]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [12 November 2019]; Waikumete Cremation record [12 November 2019]; Dominion, 28 August 1919, Horowhenua Chronicle, 25 June 1932, 30 April 1937, 29 April 1938, 6 April 1939, Manawatu Standard, 12 May 1939 (Papers Past) [12 & 13 November 2019]
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