GROOM, Alick
(Service number 62869)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 28 December 1880 Place of Birth St Pancras, London, England

Enlistment Information

Date 11 July 1917 Age 36 years
Address at Enlistment 10 Tonks Street, North New Brighton, Christchurch
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Mary GROOM (wife), 10 Tonks Street, North New Brighton, Christchurch; C/o Mrs Sugrue, Timaru
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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 34th Reinforcements, Specialist Company
Date 8 February 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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Date 15 May 1976 Age 95 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated; ashes interred Ruru Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 11, Plot 355
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alick Groom was born on 28 December 1880 at St Pancras, London, England, the son of William and Clara Ann (née Brasier) Groom. In 1881, 1891 and 1901 Alick was at home in England. He came to New Zealand in about 1910 and married Mary Sugrue in 1917. Enlisting on 11 July 1917, he named his wife as next-of-kin – Mrs Mary Groom, 10 Tonks Street, North New Brighton Christchurch. Alick was a clerk residing at the same address.

Private A. Groom embarked with the Specialist Company of the 34th Reinforcements on 8 February 1918, leaving by the “Ulimaroa” for Liverpool, England. A. Groom returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton about 12 August 1919. He was headed for Timaru where Mary was residing with Mrs Sugrue, probably her mother. Alick died on 15 May 1976 at Christchurch. His ashes were interred at Ruru Cemetery with Mary who had died in 1969. They were survived by three sons – Harold, Peter and John.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 March 2022]; Ruru Law Cemetery headstone transcription [19 March 2022]; Timaru Herald, 8 August 1919, Press, 19 May 1969 (Papers Past) [16 & 20 March 2022]

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