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Thomas James Clinton

Portrait, from his commemorative card - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, from his commemorative card - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas James AWMM
  • Surname
    Clinton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tom AWMM
    • Thomas James Thomas Clinton AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10783 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 June 1893 AWMM DarfieldCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs W. Clinton (mother), Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 6 May 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10783 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Farmer/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      140 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted hospital (sick - shingles) 12.11.1917, discharged 26.11.1917 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Thomas Clinton was the son of Mr William Francis Clinton and Mrs. Mary Clinton, of Darfield, Canterbury.

    Joined Cyclist Corps 14 April 1916

    Transcript of a letter from Tom to his sister Annie sent from "France, Dec 20th 17. Dear Annie, A few lines to let you know I am allright [sic]. Winter is setting in now we have had a few frosts not much rain yet the less we have of it the better I was talking to Harry Page the other day Jim Clinton is in the same Coy. he told me that Tom died at the Base through sickness a month or so ago.

    Did you go to the show or races in November Kirwee [?] show is over now too no doubt you went there. How is the geese getting on this years young ones will be well grown now have you any Turkeys. Joe told me sometime ago he has some. When we were out for a spell a few weeks back (out of the danger zone) there were some farms with turkeys the kiddies used to take them out in the daytime to the paddocks like sheep. I have had a fortnight in hospital lately but am A1 now. I sent a parcel to you about a month ago hope you receive it safe. Well old sport news is scarce so will close. With best wishes . Hoping Dave & the kiddies are well. Your fond Brother, Tom x" AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: The Star, 18 May 1918 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM

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17 December 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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