TARGUSE, Stanley
(Service number 28819)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 25 August 1890 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment New North Road, Auckland
Occupation Proof reader
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs S. TARGUSE (mther), New North Road, Auckland
Religion Methodist
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 18th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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

Linotype operator; meter reader


Date 25 May 1965 Age 74 years
Place of Death Kingsland, NZ
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated, ashes scattered Waikumete Cemetery
Memorial Reference Eucalyptus Glade, Row Sc- Ash
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Stanley Targuse was the fourth son of Alfred and Susan (née Cant) Targuse. He was educated at Timaru Main School. Mr Targuse died in June 1899. It was some years later that many of the family left the district. Stanley was successful in the Timaru Technical School examinations in October 1907 – second class pass in senior English and shorthand theory and a shorthand speed certificate for 50 words per minute. In 1908 he gained a first class pass in senior commercial arithmetic and in senior shorthand theory. He also competed in swimming and played football. By 1913 Stanley was on the Reading staff of the “New Zealand Herald”. A shop assistant, Stanley was called up in 1917. His oldest brother, Alfred George Targuse who had remained in Timaru, was drawn in the ballot in August 1918. Stanley married Lily Elizabeth Burd in 1919. His brother, John David Targuse, enlisted, but . . . The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names was that of Stanley Targuse.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 March 2020]; School Admission record [27 March 2020]; Waikumete Cemetery record (Auckland Council) [28 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 29 October 1907, 20 October 1908, 19 April 1913, 21 August 1918, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 & 28 March 2020]

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