Topic: Thomas Leslie Lochhead (1890-1918)

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The younger brother of Te Puna farmer Thomas Leslie Lochhead died of his wounds at Cairo in Egypt on 11 May 1918. Just three months later, on 26 August 1918, Thomas was killed in action at Bapaume in France. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Thomas Leslie Lochhead was born in Dunsandel in Canterbury on 2 October 1890. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Wilson Lochhead (nee Low) who married in Dunsandel on 2 September 1885. The family later moved to a farm in Te Puna, Tauranga.

Thomas farmed for his father at Te Puna. He also played football and the bagpipes and was a member of the Tauranga Agricultural Association.

Thomas enlisted to serve during World War I at Trentham on 26 July 1916. He was with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, A Company, 2nd Battalion (Service No. 32019).

On 13 April 1918 Thomas was made Lance Corporal.

His younger brother, William Harcourt Lochhead, died of his wounds at Cairo in Egypt on 11 May 1918.

Thomas was killed in action at Bapaume in France on 26 August 1918, aged 27. He was buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Thomas Leslie Lochhead (1890-1918)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Thomas Leslie Lochhead (1890-1918)

Note:Service Number; 32019
First Names:Thomas Leslie
Last Name:Lochhead
Date of Birth:2 October 1890
Place of Birth:Dunsandel, Canterbury
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:26 August 1918
Place of death:Bapaume, France
Place of burial:Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France
Fathers name:Thomas Lochhead
Fathers date of birth:15 July 1861
Fathers place of birth:Dunsandel, Canterbury, New Zealand
Fathers date of death: 27 October 1948
Fathers place of death:Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Elizabeth Wilson Low
Mothers date of birth: 26 June 1859
Mothers place of birth:Edzell, Forfarshire, Scotland
Mothers date of death:11 December 1928
Mothers place of death:Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)