One hundred years ago, Thamesites were believing (or rather hoping) that the Great War was nearly over. How much longer before their men and women would be coming home? Their boys had survived this long, surely things would be okay and they would be back home again.
August and September 1918, were some of Thames' darkest 'war' days. Twenty-one servicemen were Killed in Action or Died of Wounds/Disease during these war months. Just wait till October and the gravity of these last few months (one hundred years ago -1918) will really become a reality.
|16/08/1918 In the Field, France; GREENE Jack Godfrey; 40311; Lance Corporal 1st Batt AIR|
|21/08/1918 In the Field, France; TAYLOR William Henry; 1806A; Driver AIF|
|24/08/1918 In the Field, France; BRAME Albert Victor; 52370; Private 2nd Batt WIR|
|24/08/1918 In the Field, France; WILLIAMS Stanley Earl; 38471; Private 2nd Batt AIR|
|25/08/1918 In the Field, France; MCCORQUINDALE Stuart; 34480; Driver NZASC|
|28/08/1918 In the Field, France; JENKIN Friedrich James; 38399; Private 1st Batt AIR|
|29/08/1918 In the Field, France; HARROD Samuel; 17781; Rifleman NZRB|
|30/08/1918 In the Field, France; HAWKES Robert Edwin; 24/1679; Private 2nd Batt AIR|
|30/08/1918 In the Field, France; JOBE James; 65791; Rifleman 1sr Batt 3rd NZRB D Coy|
|30/08/1918 In the Field, France; KELLER Francis Walpole; 52047; Private AIR|
|2/09/1918 In the Field, France; CORBETT Thomas Joseph; 31951; Private 2nd Batt AIR|
|3/09/1918 In the Field, France; WENZLICK George; 56494; Private 1st Batt CIR|
|4/09/1918 At sea; STANLEY Thomas James; 12/4094; Private NZ Infantry 40th Refts H Coy|
|5/09/1918 In the Field, France; SKEEN Reginald William; 2/2730; Gunner 3rd NZFA 12th Battery|
|9/09/1918 In the Field, France; TAYLOR Archie Walter; 24/307; Rifleman 2nf Batt NZRB|
|9/09/1918 In the Field, France; GARRY Lewis; 34358; Corporal 2nf Batt 3rd NZRB|
|12/09/1918 In the Field, France; GARRY Sidney; 34468; Corporal 2nf Batt 3rd NZRB|
|13/09/1918 Codford, England; MCENTEER Claude; 76955; Private NZEF E Coy|
|28/09/1918 In the Field, France; PARSONS William Claude; 34425; Private 1st Batt AIR|
|29/09/1918 In the Field, France; SHAW Leonard James; 7/1323; 2nd Lieut 2nd Batt AIR 6th Coy|
|30/09/1918 In the Field, France; TRAINER Francis Herbert; 56681; Private 1st Batt AIR|
(A full Roll of Honour List is available)
Who were these men?
BRAME Albert Victor: Albert was born in Thames, the son of John and Mary Brame; and was living in Waitoa when he enlisted.
CORBETT Thomas Joseph: Born at Hikutaia, the son of Thomas and Mary Corbett. Thomas went to school in Thames, and worked as a fitter at the local foundry A & G Price.
GARRY Lewis: Lewis was a twin, his parents were Alfred and Jessie Garry. The family came from Waipawa, initially living at Parawai, then in Sandes Street. The boy's mother died when they were just three years old.
GARRY Sidney: Sidney Godfrey Garry was Killed in Action just three days after his twin brother Lewis. Both killed on the same battlefield at Bapaume, both are buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Northern France.
GREENE Jack Godfrey: Jack was a clerk for NZ Railways at Thames, he lived at Karaka Road. His NOK Mrs S J Greene, Parnell.
HARROD Samuel: The son of Henry and Anna Harrod, the family lived up the Waiotahi Creek. Samuel was working in Auckland when he enlisted.
HAWKES Robert Edwin: The son of Richard and Mary Hawkes of Tapu. Robert went to school at Tapu and later worked on his farm at Tapu. He was 37 years of age when he went to war.
JENKIN Friedrich James: The son of James and Martha Jenkin of Augustus Street, Thames. Friedrich was schooled in Thames, then worked as a carpenter for Mr Whitehead of Parawai.
JOBE James: Born in Thames, the son of James and Mary Jobe; the family lived in Broad Street. Jobe was married and lived in Hamilton at the time of enlistment.
KELLER Francis Walpole: Francis was the son of John and Alice Keller, born at Thames in 1876.
MCCORQUINDALE Stuart: Born at Oamaru, and later lived in Karaka Road, Thames. Stuart was a mechanic in Whangarei when he enlisted in 1916.
MCENTEER Claude: Born at Thames the son of James and Elizabeth McEnteer. Claude attended the Waihi School of Mines.
PARSONS William Claude: Claude was born at Thames, the son of John and Lucy Parsons.
SHAW Leonard: Leonard's NOK was Miss J L Shaw (Sister), Thames Hospital; he was the son of the late John and Jessie Shaw, of Glen Murray, Auckland. Shaw had served at Gallipoli.
SKEEN Reginald William: Skeen was the son Benjamin and Margaret Skeen and was born at Thames; he attended the Kauaeranga Boys School. He worked at the BNZ at Thames.
STANLEY Thomas James: Thomas was born at Thames; he was working as a contractor on enlistment at Te Aroha. NOK was Mrs Annie Louisa Stanley (Wife), Te Aroha.
TAYLOR Archie Walter: Taylor was born at Thames. Enlistment address Waihou. His NOK was Walter A Taylor (Father), Waihou.
TAYLOR William Henry: William was born in Auckland, the son of Amelia and James Taylor. The family then resided at Irishtown and William attended the Waiokaraka School. Taylor was a miner in Australia, and subsequently served with the Australian Imperial Forces.
TRAINER Francis Herbert: The son of Edward and Emily Trainor of Tararu. At the time of enlistment, Trainer/Trainor was a self-employed fisherman of Tararu.
WENZLICK George: The son of Mrs Mary Wenzlick, of Tapu, Thames. George's NOK was Mrs G Wenzlick (mother), Tapu, New Zealand - he working as a farmer on enlistment.
WILLIAMS Stanley Earl: Stanley was only 17 years of ages when he enlisted, he had attended Thames High School in 1915.
From Gold Mine to Firing Line, The Thames and the Great War 1914-1918, Editor M Hawkes. Available at The Treasury, Thames.