HOOKE, William Thomas
(Service number 34557)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 11 November 1885 Place of Birth Wellington

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Occupation Station manager
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A. HOOKE (mother), Wai-iti Road, Timaru. Later - Mrs N. HOOKE (wife), 41 Shrewsbury Street, Old Trafford, Lancashire.
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 Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, G Company
Date 30 December 1916
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Post-war Occupations


Date 28 June 1959 Age 84 years
Place of Death Victoria, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Thomas Hooke was born on 11 November 1885 at Wellington, the eldest son of William and Ada (née Foden) Hooke, both of whom came from England. The family moved from Wellington to Timaru in 1912. William was station manager for Mr Le Cren of Tekapo Station, Fairlie, when he enlisted. He left as part of South Canterbury's quota for the 20th Reinforcements by the second express north on 23 August 1916. Prior to leaving the men were entertained at the Stafford Tea Rooms by the Ladies Committee of the South Canterbury Patriotic War Relief Society. The men assembled at the Drill Shed to be addressed by the Mayor and other dignitaries and then to march to the Railway Station, accompanied by the 2nd South Canterbury Band, Senior Cadets and Honorary Territorials. William married Nellie Thistlewaite on 5 April 1919 at Stretford, Lancashire, England. Nellie died in 1946 and was buried at Timaru. William died in Victoria, Australia, in 1959. His brother, Arthur Joseph Foden Hooke, also served in World War I, leaving Timaru with William in 1916. Their brother, Charles, was called up in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 August 1916 (Papers Past) [19 December 2015]

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