(Service number 28923)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 10 April 1894 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. SHEFFORD (father), Waimate
Religion Church of England
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, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Entrenching Battalion

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

Farm hand


Date 5 June 1962 Age 68 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 21, Plot 220
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Shefford was born on 10 April 1894 at Waimate, the son of John and Emily (née Wild) Shefford. T. Shefford, 28923, of Waimate, returned to New Zealand per the “Arawa” (Draft No. 244), reaching Lyttelton about 12 May 1919. He married Ruth Gladys Chamberlain in November 1921 at St Augustine’s Church, Waimate. His brother James was killed in action in 1917 in France and brother William also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 June 2020]; New Zealand Times, 29 April 1919, Press, 24 November 1921 (Papers Past) [26 May 2020; 03 June 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [02 June 2020]

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