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Full Name: Thomas William Stockham
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Thomas William
Surname: Stockham
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 30658
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 14 August 1897
Place of Birth: New South Wales, Australia
First Known Rank: Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: School teacher
Next of Kin: Mrs Stockham (mother), Boundary Road, Hastings, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Date: August 1916
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 20th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Embarkation Date: 7 December 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 71
Vessel: Port Lyttelton
Destination: England
Nominal Roll Footnotes: Born in Australia.
Nominal Roll Number: 47
Page on Nominal Roll: 5
Military Training: Featherston Camp
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion
Place of Death: Passchendaele, Belgium
Date of Death: 4 October 1917
Age at Death: 20
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Memorial Reference: NZ Apse, Panel 6
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Stockham, of Claude St., St. Helier's Bay, Auckland
  • The second son in a family of five children, his parents were William Stockham and Mary Stockham (nee Gilbert). In 1906 the family moved from Australia to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • A hard working, popular student with a great sense of humour, he proved to be a talented all-round sportsman. He attended Hastings Boys High School and in 1913 became Dux, receiving a gold medallion.
  • Enlisting in the army in August 1916, he was promoted to Lance Corporal in the November. Arriving in England he had further training at Codford Camp near Salisbury in February. The arrival of spring and milder weather meant they were able to march to Sling Camp, some 20 miles away. After three months in England the Hawkes Bay Company boarded the SS Archangel for Le Havre,France.
  • Here they travelled by train for Bailleul. By now it was early June and the weather was fine and sunny. By June 11th the company was in billets and only two and half miles from Armentieres. On 14th June they engaged in their first action of trench warfare. June, July and August 1917 were divided between living in trenches or billets.
  • On September 2 the company marched from Wizernes to Henneveax, a distance of nine miles. In spite of Hanneveax being not very far from the front line they enjoyed their stay , the men billeted in farm houses, the officers in the Chateau. On 1 October the Company reached the eastern slopes of Gravenstafel Spur just north of the Ypres/Roulers railway line. By the third day of the month they were positioned near Waterloo Farm. The plan for attack had already been given and the battalion made ready for an assault on Abraham Heights. Zero hour was at 600 on October 4th. Thomas William Stockham died that day. He has no known grave.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917
Archives NZ source:
Further References: Cotton, Kath (1997). Eighty years on : In memory of the Uncle I have met. The New Zealand Genealogist. Nov/Dec 1997
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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