Thomas Edward Thompson
Featherston Camp 1917
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Thomas Edward Thompson was a labourer born at Macetown.
2. Joseph Nelson Jenkins was a farm labourer from Crown Terrace. He was killed in Belgium on 12/10/1917.
5. Thomas Clarke Reid was a farmhand who lived at Speargrass Flat where the family ran the mill that was previously Gilmour's.
7. David Charles Jones, bottom left, was a motor-driver from Arrowtown.
8. Charles (Charley) Grahame Forbes was a farmhand from Arrowtown, who went on to serve in the police force.
10. Sergeant Richard Stephen (Dick) Cotter, the son of Thomas and Jemima Cotter, of Arrowtown. He was killed in action on 24/10/1918. He is buried in France.
11. Thomas Beckett, born in England, recorded as a farmhand at Lower Shotover.
12. Bob Hunter, Wharehuanui, who wrote the postcard.
* denotes men found in another photo and likely also from the Arrow.
Sources: Online Cenotaph; OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3287, 14 MARCH 1917; New Zealand Army
Family Photo. Reverse of postcard, written to cousin Ida Gilmour: Dear Ida, This is a very poor photograph, but I am sending it along. The Sergt. in centre is Dick Cotter, he is looking well and is a Sergt. on the Instructional Staff here. Tom Beckett, C. Forbes, Tom Reid, Davie Jones, Joe Jenkins and Eddie Thompson left for France on the night of the 2nd July. All were well and in good spirits. This leaves all well here. Love Bob
9 September 2019