Ted's daughter, Christine, provided the following: Ted had two older brothers (Mern and Roy) and a younger sister (Peg). In his early childhood the family moved to Tuakau, then onto the farm at Te Kohanga. He attended Te Kohanga Primary School and Pukekohe High School where he gained Matriculation. At 15 he left school to work on the farm. He enlisted for war service in the Army when he was 22 years old.
Was one of the last groups off Greece, aboard the Glengyle.
Upon discharge from 2NZEF, Ted purchased a 100 acre dairy farm at Te Hoe in the Waikato. He met his wife, Honor Marshdale, while visiting an army mate early in 1946. Honor was a real city girl. They married three months later on Ted's 29th birthday. While both wished for a large family, this proved 'Mission Impossible' and their only child, Christine, was born in 1954.
Due to back problems, Ted had to sell the farm in 1961 and the family bought the local dairy in Whitianga. After 4 years, they moved to Auckland where Ted worked as a Storeman Packer for Burns Philip & Co, then Foodstuffs. He retired in 1976 and Honor and he moved back to Whitianga. Here they both played indoor and outdoor bowls
In 1995, Honor was put in the local rest home, because of failing health, and two years later, daughter Christine returned home to look after the now frail Ted.
An 'old soldier' right to the end - Ted never complained, had a keen interest and opinion about everything, plus always maintained a great sense of humour and quick wit.'
A collection of archival material including pay books, route march instructions, rehabilitation farm allocation, postcards, greeting cards, train passes, coupons, is housed in the Museum Library.
Mauretania, transfer to Ormonde from Bombay, India AWMM