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Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd

Portrait of Captain Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F1896 58. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F1896 58 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Wyville Leonard AWMM
  • Surname
    Rutherfurd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Thomas Wyville Leonard AWMM
    • Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherford AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/718 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 November 1890 AWMM MastertonWairarapa AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre Aug 1914 AWMM Reefton, Westland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 John Rutherfurd (father), Aramoho, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Sarah Josephine Payton Rutherfurd nee Wakelin (Mother) Public - Marianne - 4 July 2019 - WikiTree
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      MC. London Gazette, 1 January 1918, p53, Rec No 1188: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 7th June 1917 at Messines this officer led his Company in the attack against the Brown line and his personal gallantry and fine example of coolness under heavy fire were largely responsible for the success of the attack in his sector. On the night of the 15/16th June, Captain Rutherford was in command of the party detailed to dig a communication trench from the old front line at St Ypres to the Au Chasseur Caberet. The party was under very heavy fire the whole time they were working, and again Captain Rutherford's bravery and total disregard of his own personal safety largely contributed to the successful carrying out of an extremely important operation. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of pneumonia AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Sarah Josephine Payton Rutherfurd of Wartle, Hamilton East, New Zealand.

    Two sons, brothers Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd (6/718) died from pneumonia; and Robert Alexander Rutherfurd (26/1029) served in WW1.

    Rutherfurd is correct spelling of this name. Listed on the Nominal Roll as and by Archives New Zealand, CWGC as Rutherford.

    Served in ‘Dunsterforce’; an Allied military force which carried out special operations in the Southern Caucasus and Northern Iran during the First World War. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 October 1918 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    MesopotamiaSouthwest Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tehran War Cemetery, Iran AWMM III E 8 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • I am doing research into New Zealand officers in the First World War and would be very interested to know more about Thomas Rutherfurd. Please make contact if you can assist.
    Public - Ross - Researcher - 20 November 2023



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20 November 2023RossWellingtonResearcher
04 July 2019MarianneWellingtonOther
26 April 2015Te PapaWellingtonOther

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