Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2014.69.20
Bequest of Mr Arie de Geus
Surgical scissors (small) [WW1]
Belonged to Captain Thomas Arnold Blake, NZ Veterinary Corps, NZEF
Thomas Arnold Blake (1882-1966) was a member of the Rangoon Vol. Rifles from 1906. By 1913 he was living in New Zealand and tended horses of the Special Constables camped in the Auckland Domain during the 1913 Waterfront Strike, probably as an employee of the Department of Agriculture.
During WW1 he enlisted as a Captain in the New Zealand Veterinary Corps (Service no 13/637) embarking with the Main Body. He served as an official veterinarian in the 1NZEF in France & Egypt. On 29 August 1915, while in Egypt, he married Mabel Deane.
Post-WW1 TA Blake served in the Territorial Army as Major.
28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
ARNOLD & SONS (maker's name)
- 0 - Whole length : 128mm
- 0 - Whole width : 52mm
17 December 2015
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