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Full Name: Richard Thomas
Rank Last Held: Rifleman
Forename(s): Richard
Surname: Thomas
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 44171
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment: Surveyor's assistant
Next of Kin: Mrs E.J. Thomas (mother), Palmerston Street, Cobden, Greymouth, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: Reinforcements G Company
Embarkation Date: 14 March 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 79
Vessel: Ruapehu
Destination: Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Number: 57
Page on Nominal Roll: 31
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion, 3rd
Place of Death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 9 August 1917
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Biographical Notes: Richard Thomas was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Thomas, of 61 Alexander St., Greymouth, New Zealand.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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