GIMSON, Thomas Jesse
(Service number 62967)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 19 September 1888 Place of Birth Winchester

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Corner Mill Road & Harris Street, Waimate
Occupation Grain salesman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. One child
Next of Kin Mrs D. E. GIMSON (wife), Mill Road, Waimate, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
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


Date 7 January 1955 Age 66 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Jesse Gimson was born on 19 September 1888 at Winchester, South Canterbury, New Zealand, the youngest son of Charles William and Martha Anne Kitney (née Binskin) Gimson, who came from Kent to New Zealand in the early 1870. Thomas was baptised at St John’s Anglican Church, Winchester, on 9 December 1888. His father was a storekeeper at Winchester. Thomas attended Christ’s College in Christchurch. He married Decima Elizabeth Bartram on 11 August 1915 at Timaru. Their first child, Errol Desmond Gimson, was born on 22 June 1916. Thomas was living at Waimate when he was listed on the 1916 South Canterbury Reserve Roll.He was drawn in the ballot and called up in 1917. His brother, Charles, served in the war, and two others were called up – William and Albert Henry.


NZ Marriage & Death Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) 16 August 2020]; Winchester Anglican Baptism transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 August 2020]

External Links

Related Documents

No documents available. 

Researched and Written by

Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB