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Shadrack Benjamin Tonks

HMNZT 28 Tofua - The Surcingle : official organ of the Silent Sixth Rfcts, New Zealand Expdy Force. [At sea] : [Magazine Committee], 1915. No Known Copyright Restrictions

HMNZT 28 Tofua - The Surcingle : official organ of the Silent Sixth Rfcts, New Zealand Expdy Force. …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Shadrack Benjamin AWMM
  • Surname
    Tonks AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Shadrach AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/2088 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 July 1891 AWMM HokiangaNorthland AWMM
    Hokianga, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Piha, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Florence Elizabeth Tonks (wife), 27 George Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 April 1915 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Bushman/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 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      scar right knee AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Influenza February 1916 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Asthma June 1916 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided to NZ, Willochra 12 August 1916 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 26 October 1916 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service AWMM
    Trooper AWMM
    Auckland Mounted Rifles AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Norah

    Husband of Florence; father of Albert kenneth (b 3 July 1913) and harry Trevor (born 15 June 1916)

    Name spelled variously as both Shadrach eg on the Nominal Roll and Death Registration, cemetery record and as Shradrack on the Attestation and Birth Registration AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1969 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Burial M Row 3 Plot 69 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Piha Lion Rock, Piha War Memorial, Piha 0772 AWMM

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