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Thomas James Higginson

Portrait from The Weekly News; 7 June 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 7 June 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas James AWMM
  • Surname
    Higginson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2458 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 November 1917 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    17 October 1916 Public - Nicki - Other relative - 15 October 2017 - New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages online birth index (NZBDM 1916/25670) and also birth notice in newspaper from Papers Past -
  • Place of birth
    Nurse Vincent's, Amesbury Street, Palmerston North Public - Nicki - Other relative - 15 October 2017 - Newspaper birth notice -
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Care of Post office Waikanae, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr C. Higginson (father) care of Post-office Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    28 January 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Higginson, Thomas James. (Ref. WO 373/23/439). Military Medal. 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
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Thomas Higginson was the son of Charles Clinton Higginson and Margaret Stanway Higginson.

    2 Lieutenant T. J. Higginson, MM; born NZ 17 Nov 1917; sheep farmer; died of wounds 30 Mar 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.374.)

    'Eighteenth Army Troops Company was flat out recommissioning the water pipelines and had two water barges transferring water from ship to shore at Matruh. A 90-strong detail of 19 Army Troops Company was on the way to Benghazi; a 100-strong detachment of 21 Mechanical Equipment Company had arrived at Tobruk on the 24th. Sixteenth and 17th Railway Operating Companies, with the help of an Indian and an RE operating company, were again working the 400 miles of track between Alexandria and Tobruk, where the enemy had obligingly added a few more miles of line into the port. Other rank decorations not previously mentioned were: Sapper F. Fenton, DCM, L-Sergeant T. J. Higginson, MM, and Sergeant R. B. Smith, MM.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. pp. 374, 543.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. J. 21. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 81 AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.374, 543. AWMM


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