37643 - Sapper

Thomas John

Eccleston

5th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

19 March

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1917

22 March

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 April

Transfer to England

HMNZT 84 - Turakina

1917

30 June

Admitted to hospital at sea

1917

2 July

Returned to duty

1917

20 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

21 August

Awarded 28 days detention and forfeited 3 days pay by Royal Warrant for failing to appear at place of parade when under orders for overseas

1917

18 September

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

1917

14 November

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

7 December

Embarked for France

1917

10 December

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

25 December

Marched in to XXIIth Corps Reinforcement Camp, Abeele

1918

From the Front

The Company was still carrying out the digging of underground premises and defences on the Front near Arras

The Workshop in Arras

1918

22 February

Joined the Company

1918

3 March

Admitted to hospital with measles

1918

11 March

Diagnosed with bronchopneumonia

1918

13 March

Died of disease

No.12 Stationary Hospital, Saint-Pol

Resting place

Saint-Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Grave reference

H 23

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°62, p. 39.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Thomas John ECCLESTON.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Thomas John ECCLESTON (37643)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 7 August 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=239