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Ben Thorn

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  • Service number
    23/301 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    New Zealand Medical Corps, 1 Field Ambulance AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Our Soldiers Flag, New Zealand Ensign fundraising flag (1914-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum (Ref: W0414, 1929.332, F016). Soldier's records were identified by Margaret Nash of the Panmure Branch of NZSG. This image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ben AWMM
  • Surname
    Thorn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    23/301 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    11 May 1896 Public - John - Other relative - 19 December 2016 - Register of Baptisms, Parish of St Ann's Tottenham, Middlesex, England, Pg. 73, No. 578.
  • Place of birth
    18 Station Road, New Southgate, Middlesex, England Public - John - Other relative - 19 December 2016 - Register of Baptisms, Parish of St Ann's Tottenham, Middlesex, England, Pg. 73, No. 578.
  • Birth notes
    Son of Ben THORN and Jessie PANNELL Public - John - Other relative - 19 December 2016 - Register of Baptisms, Parish of St Ann's Tottenham, Middlesex, England, Pg. 73, No. 578.
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Wharepoa Road, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ben Thorn, senior (father), Waitete Road, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 09 Oct 1915 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23/301 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    For gallantry and devotion to duty during the Gravenstafel operations on October 4th 1917. This man showed exceptional bravery and coolness under heavy fire and with his squad time after time cleared the front of wounded men. His coolness and bravery was a fine example to his squad and he was instrumental in bringing back many men lying in the open exposed to heavy shellfire. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    New Zealand Medical Corps, 1 Field Ambulance AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Ben and Jessie Thorn, of Seddon Avenue, Waihi, New Zealand. Also served in Egypt. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    20 November 1917 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Ypres, Belgium AWMM
  • Death notes
    Ypres, Belgium AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary

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  • My father was on the other side of the stretcher from Ben Thorn when shrapnel entered his head. I have a moving account of the incident in which Ben Thorn died in my father's memoir, if you wish to contact me. My sister and I laid a poppy at the memorial wall at Buttes New British Cemetery in 2004.
    Public - Anne - 22 April 2015

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
19 December 2016JohnLondon, EnglandOther relative
22 April 2015AnneHamilton New ZealsndOther