Topic: Roy Leslie Garmonsway (1894-1966)

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Roy Leslie Garmonsway served during World War I (1914-1918). He was discharged from war service in 1919 suffering from deafness and indigestion. Roy was my second great uncle - Debbie McCauley.

Roy Leslie Garmonsway was born on at Paterangi on 27 February 1894 (reg. 1894/2419). His parents were Thomas and Albertina Garmonsway (nee Meyer) who married in St John's Church, Te Awamutu, on 14 August 1880 (reg. 1880/1949).

On 17 April 1915 he married Elizabeth Cicely Taylor in Auckland (reg. 1915/8018). Elizabeth was born on 30 November 1880.

It's possible that in around 1915 he had an accident with a horse that saw him spend six months unable to work.

The Pukekohe & Waiuku Times reported a case against Roy of cattle stealing on 15 May 1917. He was found 'not guilty' as reported in the New Zealand Herald on 25 May 1917. Roy had been appointed working manager of a 700 acre farm at Whangamarino belonging to Clunie J. Drake whilst he was with the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force. Roy and Clunie's farm adjoined each other. A cow named Tulip was the subject of the charge of cattle stealing.

Roy attested on 12 December 1917.

His older brother Harold Gordon Garmonsway (1889-1918) was killed on 27 March 1918 during the Battle of Somme. On on 9 May 1918 another older brother Edward Watt Garmonsway (1885-1967) received a gunshot wound to the abdomen whilst fighting in France.

On 17 August 1918 Roy embarked from Wellington with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 43rd Reinforcements, F Company. They disembarked in London on 29 October 1918. The following day, on 30 October 1918, he was posted to the Otago Regiment from the 43rd. On 6 November 1918 Roy was transferred to the Auckland Regiment.

Roy was admitted to the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital in Codford suffering from deafness on 19 December 1918On 24 December 1918 he was sent to London to recover, being discharged to the Depot in Godford on 10 January 1919.

He was again admitted to the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital in Codford on 14 March 1919 suffering from mumps. He was discharged to the command depot in Codford on 3 April 1919.

On 8 July 1919 Roy embarked for New Zealand aboard the Ruahine and on 17 October 1919 he was discharged from the army 'on account of illness contracted while on active service'. The illnesses included deafness and indigestion.

The child of Roy and Elizabeth Garmonsway:

  1. Kathleen Ethel Garmonsway (1919-1986). Born on 6 March 1919. She married Andrew Jack Wade in 1935 (folio. 1935/7584). Kathleen died on 16 November 1986 (reg. 1986/48555). She was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.

Roy died on 24 March 1966 (reg. 1966/26486). He was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.

Elizabeth died on 19 February 1976 (reg. 1976/28285). She was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Edward Garmonsway and Letitia King: Their descendants. A booklet to commemorate the Garmonsway family reunion held 16-17 April 1983 in Cambridge, N. Z. (1983) by Barbara Kelly, Julie Fox and Peter Wood.

Family Records.

Hamilton Cemetery Records Online.

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).

New Zealand Herald (23 May 1917, p. 5).

New Zealand Herald (25 May 1917, p. 6).

Pukekohe & Waiuku Times (15 May 1917, p. 1).

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Roy Leslie Garmonsway (1894-1966)


Year:1918
Note:Service Number: 81523
First Names:Roy Leslie
Last Name:Garmonsway
Date of Birth:27 February 1894
Place of Birth:Paterangi, Te Awamutu
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:24 March 1966
Place of death:Hamilton
Place of burial:Hamilton Park Cemetery
Occupation:Contractor
Spouses name:Elizabeth Cicely Taylor
Spouses date of birth:30 November 1880
Spouses date of death:19 February 1976
Spouses place of burial:Hamilton Park Cemetery
Date of marriage:17 April 1915
Place of marriage:Auckland, New Zealand
Fathers name:Thomas Garmonsway
Fathers date of birth:12 June 1843
Fathers place of birth:Stockport Barricks, Lancashire, England
Fathers date of death:23 June 1918
Fathers place of death:Paterangi, Te Awamutu
Mothers name:Albertina Meyer
Mothers date of birth:9 October 1863
Mothers place of birth:Germany
Mothers date of death:10 March 1940
Mothers place of death:Leamington, Cambridge
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)