DOWTHWAITE, Samuel Joseph
(Service number 72033)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 20 August 1893 Place of Birth Kaiapoi

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Box 47, Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. DOWTHWAITE (father), P. O. Box 47, Waimate
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 37th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Manuka
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Mounted Rifles

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


Date 3 November 1972 Age 79 years
Place of Death Stoke
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Nelson
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Samuel Joseph Dowthwaite was the son of Elizabeth Louisa (Lizzie, née Skevington) Dowthwaite. He was educated at Waimate District High School and Waihaorunga School, having two periods off with sickness. Lance Corporal S. J. Dowthwaite returned to New Zealand from Egypt per the troopship “Ellenga”, embarking at Suez on 23 July 1919 and arriving in late August. His brother Thomas William Dowthwaite also served in World War I. Samuel married Susan Annie Eathorne in 1920.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 April 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [April 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [07 April 2020]; Nelson Cremation record (Nelson City Council) [07 April 2020]; Sun, 16 August 1919 (Papers Past) [04 April 2020]

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