THOMAS, Charles
(Service number 32404)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 7 July 1893 Place of Birth New York, USA

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 108 High Street, Waimate
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin William THOMAS (brother), care of W. Duncan, Willowbridge, Canterbury
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 13th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 November 1958 Age 65 years
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Thomas was the son of John Harry and Elizabeth (née Ford) Thomas. He and his brother William, who was also born in the USA, settled in South Canterbury. C. Thomas embarked from Liverpool on 16 November 1917 by the “Ruahine” and arrived back in New Zealand on 6 January 1918. Charles married Bertha Winifred Smith in 1920. They had a family of six.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 November 2019]; Waimate Cemetery headstone transcription (NZSG cemetery records) [09 November 2019]; Timaru Herald, 8 January 1918 (Papers Past) [22 November 2013]

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