HOWE, Thomas John
(Service number 28884)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Corporal


Date 20 September 1896 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 16 Princess Street, Timaru
Occupation General labourer
Previous Military Experience 8th S C Mounted rifles - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John HOWE (father), 16 Princess Street, Timaru; later 32 Catherine Street, Timaru
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, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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

Warehouseman; salesman


Date 7 October 1970 Age 74 years
Place of Death Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block SF 17, Plot 10
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas John Howe, born on 20 September 1896 at Oamaru, was the eldest of the six children of John and Margaret Amelia (née Cooper) Howe. When he enlisted he was living with the family at Timaru. Lance Corporal T. J. Howe embarked for Plymouth, England, on 11 October 1916 with the 18th Reinforcements per the “Tofuai”.

Private Thos. J. Howe of Timaru returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton about 12 August 1919. In 1921 Thomas John Howe married Annie Pearce, who was to die in 1926 at Timaru where she was buried.Two of Annie’s brothers served in World War One – David and Arthur Walter. His father died in 1927 at Dunedin, to where the family had moved. The following year Thomas married Elspeth Alice Spiers. His mother remarried in 1932 to Oliver John Keenan. Thomas John Howe died on 7 October 1970 at Dunedin and was buried in the servicemn’s section of Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Elspeth’s ashes were interred with him in 1999. Thomas John Howe was a nephew of Alfred, Charles and George Howe who all served in World War One, Alfred being killed in action in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 & 21 May 2021]; Andersons Bay Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Dunedin City Council) [20 May 2021]; NZ electoral Rolls ( [21 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 30 July 1919, 9 & 10 December 1926, 4 May 1927, Otago Daily Times, 3 May 1927 (Papers Past) [26 April 2021; 21 May 2021]

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