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Arthur Lance Tompkins

Portrait Arthur Lance Tompkins (Christmas 1915). No known copyright restrictions.

Portrait Arthur Lance Tompkins (Christmas 1915). No known copyright restrictions.


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Lance AWMM
  • Surname
    Tompkins AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tomkins AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 24963 AWMM
    • WWII 589019 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 8 February 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Law Clerk/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
    • Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Gassed in France, 15 September 1918 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Stroke AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Promoted to Sergeant prior to embarking for Europe during WWI.

    Tompkins set up a law firm with Cecil Barry Wake, Tompkins and Wake, in Hamilton in 1922.

    Married Marjorie Rees Manning, the daughter of the then managing director of the Waikato Times, Arthur Edward Manning, in 1926.

    He continued to serve with the Territorials, rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1925.

    During 1940-41, he served with a Home Service Battery, Royal New Zealnd Artillery, with the rank of Major. He attempted to go overseas, but he was not deemed medically fit enough for overseas service.

    He served as president of the Hamilton District Law Society and was a member of the New Zealand Law Society Council, 1940-42.

    He was elected a Hamilton City Councillor in 1955 and served until 1958.

    Admitted to the Inner Bar as Queens Counsel, 1958. First barrister to achieve this status outside of Auckland and Wellington.

    President of Birthright Hamilton, 1958-61.

    Founding Trustee and president, in 1961-62, of the Waikato Savings Bank.

    Chairman of Bartholomew Timbers Ltd, 1938-1963.

    Member of the Board of Governors of the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, 1934-1963.

    Appointed Supreme Court judge, 2 August 1963.

    Retired in February 1969.

    Served as a judge of the Fiji Court of Appeal and chairman of the Legal Aid Authority.

    President and life member of the Hamilton Golf Club.

    Tompkins' surname is misspelled as "Tomkins" in the WWI Nominal Rolls. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 January 1977 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    TaupoWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamilton East Cemetery, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM MASON-F-105 AWMM
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  • Obituary
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