Thomas William AWMM
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WWI 30658 AWMM
14 August 1897 AWMM AWMM
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WW1 Mrs Stockham (mother), Boundary Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 7 December 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
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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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Stockham, Thomas William (Tom). Service Number 30658 WW1. Tom was born on the 14th of August 1897, and was the dearly loved second son of the late Mary and William Stockham of Hawke's Bay (Later of St. Heliers, Auckland). Tom was educated at Hasting's Boys High and was Dux there in 1913. He was also a talented sportsman, and a popular School Teacher. He signed up to go to the war in 1916 as soon as he was 19 years of age and joined the Wellington Infantry Regiment 3rd Battalion. He undertook military training at Featherston Camp (NZ) and later at Codford (U.K.). At only 20 years of age Tom was killed in action one hundred years ago, October 4th, 1917, near Abraham Heights, Passchendaele. Because, he has no known grave, his name is recorded on the NZ Apse, Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Greatly respected by generations of his wider Stockham Family. NZ Herald. AWMM
- Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
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Thomas William Stockham
Public - andrew ward - Researcher - 22 February 2018
This brave soldier not only shares my fathers surname who survived the Second World War but has an uncanny resemblance to my father, who was shot but survived.
He has since passed and I have his medals and picture in my study.
Lance Corporal Alexander Peter Stockham
Royal Fusiliers, The London Regiment, WW2 1939 - 1945
Two heroic soldiers, Two wars, years apart. God Bless Them.
You are remembered as a brave young man taken too soon.
Public - Heather - Other Relative - 19 April 2015
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
47: 5 AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
|22 February 2018||andrew ward||sheerness, isle of sheppey, kent, england||Researcher||
|19 April 2015||Heather||Whangarei New Zealand||Other Relative||
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