Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thames (NZ): War letters

War files make interesting reading for the family researcher and historian alike. World War One and Boer War records for Thamesites, can be found via the ARCHWAY SITE. A growing number are digitised and can be downloaded for viewing or printing.
Today I have found many Thames boys who also served in the Australian Armed Forces and their files can be viewed online. A compilation of this war information can be found at The Treasury in Thames.
The information in the war file varies. Examples seen today contain letters of hardship from descendants, requests for full details of a loved ones death. You also find full biographical details on the Attestation form and physical description on the medical examination records. Amazing the number of men who were between 5 foot 4 and 5 foot 6 inches!!
Some news sent from the war office was undelivered. A relative of HARRY MACKAY MATHESON was for instance sent a letter regarding medals. The letter went to Mrs A SMITH of Tararu. It makes you wonder how many families lived in fear of receiving a telegram or letter from the War Department.

HAVE YOU ANY WAR LETTERS related to the wider Thames Area?
Would you be able to contribute a copy to the Treasury Archives?