condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Adrian Raymond Thomas

Photograph of Troopers (from left) Adrian Raymond Thomas (from Ruawai) and William Norman Whitehead (from Hikurangi), members of the New Zealand Army Special Air Service. Photograph taken by an unidentified New Zealand Army photographer about 1955, during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington,    SAS-087/SAS-088-F

Photograph of Troopers (from left) Adrian Raymond Thomas (from Ruawai) and William Norman Whitehead …

All Rights Reserved AWMM

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Adrian Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Thomas AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Charlie AWMM
  • Service number
    Malaya 34872 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›

Military decorations

Contribute ›
  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›
  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Trooper Thomas was the first New Zealand Special Air Service soldier to die in action. He was returned to New Zealand in 2018 as part of the Te Auraki Repatriation Project. AWMM

Death

About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    2 May 1956 AWMM
    MalayaMalaysia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Pātūnga Marae AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

Contribute ›
  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville AWMM

Roll of Honour

Remember Adrian Raymond Thomas by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Adrian Raymond Thomas

Leave a note

Contribute ›

Sources

Sources

Contribute ›

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons LicenseOnline Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.