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Thomas Edlin

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Edlin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tom AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 51515 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 March 1892 AWMM PetoneWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 12 March 1917 AWMM c/o C. Trevichick, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Edlin (wife), care of Mrs Lumsden, Melling, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 June 1917 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 51515 AWMM
  • Military service
    Hutt Valley Rifles (Disbanded) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Sling Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 12 March 1917 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Brushmaker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 21 March 1919 AWMM
    End of war AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Edlin was the son of William Edlin (born in England) and Phoebe Margaret (born at Woodend, Christchurch) and was 25 when he enlisted in 1917. When examined he was found to have a 'weak heart' but was nonetheless accepted for service.

    Described as being 5 ft 5 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair Thomas Edlin suffered recurring bouts of bronchitis and was hospitalised several times during 1918 whilst on overseas service. He was a dispatch rider.

    He returned to New Zealand on the Matatua leaving Britain on 8 January 1919 following his repeated illnesses. On two occasions during his service in Britain he was disciplined for non-performance of duty. For these transgressions he was confined to barracks for four days both times. One of the dates he failed to report for duty was Christmas Day.

    He married Margaret Hannah Merry (his first wife) at Wellington Registry Office in 1911. They had two children, William Thomas born 12 April 1911 at Petone, and Phoebe Margaret born 11 August 1912 at Sumner. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 July 1966 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block M Section 8 Plot 56 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 19/20 July 1966 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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