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Thomas Samuel Tooman

Portrait, published in the newspaper and reporting he was seriously gassed - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, published in the newspaper and reporting he was seriously gassed - No known copyright rest …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Samuel AWMM
  • Surname
    Tooman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26/918 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 June 1886 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Samuel Tooman (father), Vincent Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26/918 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 13 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Motor Truck Driver/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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Kath Butcher

    Brothers Frank John (3/1202) and Thomas Samuel Tooman (26/918) served in WW1

    Tom was the handler of Caesar, a Red Cross dog, and he wrote letters during the war about Caesar to his niece Ida in New Zealand. Ida later retold the stories to her daughter Patricia Stroud, who subsequently published her account as "Caesar the ANZAC dog". Tom met his future wife, Kath Butcher, because she, then serving as a British Red Cross Nurse, fed and made a fuss of Caesar in the Nursing Station. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 November 1956 Public Source
  • Date of death
    7 November 1956 Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 26 September 2015 - Headstone
  • Age at death
    70 Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 26 September 2015 - Headstone
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Waikaraka cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 26 September 2015 - Personal visit
  • Grave reference
    Area 2 Block Q Lot No 24 Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 26 September 2015 - Auckland City Council cemeteries database;
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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26 September 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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