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Thomas William Stockham

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  • Service number
    30658 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Wellington Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait of Thomas William Stockham in uniform. Image kindly provided by Kath Cotton. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas William AWMM
  • Surname
    Stockham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    30658 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    14 August 1897 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    New South Wales, Australia AWMM
  • Birth notes
    New South Wales, Australia AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 School teacher AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Stockham (mother), Boundary Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 07 Dec 1916 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    Battle of Passchendaele AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    30658 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Featherston Camp AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Aug 1916 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 07 Dec 1916-18 February 1917 AWMM to Plymouth, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 71 AWMM
    Vessel was Port Lyttelton AWMM
    Lance Corporal AWMM
    20th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Wellington Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Stockham, of Claude St., St. Helier's Bay, Auckland

    The second son in a family of five children, his parents were William Stockham and Mary Stockham (nee Gilbert). In 1906 the family moved from Australia to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

    A hard working, popular student with a great sense of humour, he proved to be a talented all-round sportsman. He attended Hastings Boys High School and in 1913 became Dux, receiving a gold medallion.

    Enlisting in the army in August 1916, he was promoted to Lance Corporal in the November. Arriving in England he had further training at Codford Camp near Salisbury in February. The arrival of spring and milder weather meant they were able to march to Sling Camp, some 20 miles away. After three months in England the Hawkes Bay Company boarded the SS Archangel for Le Havre,France.

    Here they travelled by train for Bailleul. By now it was early June and the weather was fine and sunny. By June 11th the company was in billets and only two and half miles from Armentieres. On 14th June they engaged in their first action of trench warfare. June, July and August 1917 were divided between living in trenches or billets.

    On September 2 the company marched from Wizernes to Henneveax, a distance of nine miles. In spite of Hanneveax being not very far from the front line they enjoyed their stay , the men billeted in farm houses, the officers in the Chateau. On 1 October the Company reached the eastern slopes of Gravenstafel Spur just north of the Ypres/Roulers railway line. By the third day of the month they were

    positioned near Waterloo Farm. The plan for attack had already been given and the battalion made ready for an assault on Abraham Heights. Zero hour was at 600 on October 4th. Thomas William Stockham died that day. He has no known grave. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    20 AWMM
  • Date of death
    4 October 1917 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium AWMM
  • Death notes
    Passchendaele, Belgium AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    • NZ Apse, Panel 6 AWMM
  • Obituary

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  • You are remembered as a brave young man taken too soon.
    Public - Heather - Other Relative - 19 April 2015

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