Sunday, May 27, 2018

Thames (NZ): WWI ROH Commemorations May-June 1918-2018

One hundred years ago, the war in Europe continued on, and on...

The Thames Men who were Killed In Action or were classed as a war death May to June 1918 were:
6/05/1918 In the Field, France; MORTON Charles James51760; Private 2nd Batt AIR
8/05/1918 In the Field, France; INNIS Ernest James62324; Private No 2 NZ Entrenching Bttn NZEF
8/05/1918 In the Field, France; MAXWELL William David48796; Corporal AIR 2nd Entrenching Batt
15/05/1918 Thames, New Zealand; NEVILLE Claude Clarence19/199; Sapper NZETC
3/06/1918 In the Field, France; WILTON Stanley Peter47613; Private 1st Batt AIR

For Full list of WWI ROH CLICK HERE

Charles James Morton was born in Thames, the only son of Charles and Ellen Morton of Sandes Street, Thames. Charles attended the Kauaeranga Boys' School, after leaving he worked as a plumber for Mr N Pearse. Morton spent sometime with the Canadian and Australian Tunnelling Companies. He was with the Auckland Infantry Regiment when he was wounded in action and died a day later 6 May 1918 of gunshot wounds.

Ernest James Innis was the son of Arthur and Annie Innis of Wharepoa. Ernie was farming there when he enlisted in 1917. He was only in the field for two months when he was Killed in Action 8 May 1918.

William David Maxwell was born at Thames in 1895. The son of Peter and Mary Maxwell, he attended the Kauaeranga Boys' School and onto Thames High School in 1910. William was a keen sportsman. He was a civil servant in Wellington when he enlisted in 1916. Maxwell was Killed in Action in France just one week after arriving on the battlefield.

Claude Clarence Neville was born in Australia and served with the New Zealand Tunnelling Company. Claude was visiting Thames when he died on 15 May 1918, and was interred in the Shortland Cemetery, Thames.

Stanley Peter Wilton was the son of Frederick and Emma Wilton, born in 1895, he attended Kauaeranga Boys' School until 1908. He went onto work for the Waihi Gold Mining Company. While in Europe Wilton spent some time with the Australian Tunnelling Company. Stanley was with the Auckland Regiment when he was Killed in Action 3 June 1918 at the Somme, France.

Further information:
From Gold Mine to Firing Line, Editor Meghan Hawkes, The Treasury 2014.
WWI Resources at The Treasury, Thames