Arthur Benjamin TONKS

Regimental number36373
Date of birth1 January 1897
Place of birthChristchurch
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.6
Height5' 8"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E G Tonks, c/o Mrs J H Kirk, Amberley Road, St Albans, Christchurch
Previous military serviceServed in 17th Regiment, Territorial Force; still serving at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date20 September 1916
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, 21st Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board Ulimaroa on 19 January 1917
Final rankLance Corporal
Final unit3rd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
FateDied of disease 31 March 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialHither Green Cemetery (Row C, Grave No 194), Lewisham, London, England
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Emily G. Tonks, 'Greenholm', South Road, Hawera, Taranaki, and the late Mr Tonks

Meritorious Service Medal

'For gallant conduct and devotion to duty in operations east of Ypres on 4/5th October 1917. He was in charge of carrying party and worked his way through heavy fire many times to the front line, keeping his Company supplied with rations and water under circumstances which called for great determination. By his coolness and courage he kept his party together, and set a soldierly example to his men. He has always proved himself a brave and efficient soldier and has inspired the confidence of his Officers and comrades.'
Source: 'London Gazette', 6th Supplement
Date: 18 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 3: Roll 52, p. 13
Archives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 22012810

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