Topic: Thomas Albert Garmonsway (1881-1977)

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Thomas Albert Garmonsway left New Zealand on the 'SS Devon' on 19 March 1902 to fight in the 'Boer War'. He was my great grandfather - Debbie McCauley (2012).

Thomas Albert Garmonsway was born on 4 November 1881 (reg. 1881/11126) at Paterangi, Te Awamutu. His parents were Thomas and Albertina Garmonsway (nee Meyer) who married in St John's Church, Te Awamutu, on 14 August 1880.

Thomas Albert Garmonsway left New Zealand on the 'SS Devon' on 19 March 1902 to fight in the South African War (Boer War) (1899-1902) with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 9th Contingent (F Squadron).

He received the Queen's South Africa Medal with the following clasps:

  • Transvaal.

Thomas married Mildred Caroline Bell on 2 August 1915 at Otorohanga (reg. 1915/3078). They had seven children together:

  1. Hector Keith Garmonsway (1914-1979). Born 14 February 1914 (reg. 1978/125617). He married Hazel. Hector died on 25 November 1979 (reg. 1979/49350).
  2. Mavis Kathleen Garmonsway (1916-1996). Born in Te Kuiti on 6 January 1916. She married Walter George Kelly (1907-1981) in Otorohanga on 10 August 1940. Mavis died in Tauranga Hospital on 19 July 1996. Her ashes were buried along with Walter's in the Pyes Pa Cemetery Rose Gardens.
  3. Mildred Ruby Garmonsway (1917-1992). Born in Te Kuiti on 27 October 1917. She married Eric William Henry Muir (1914-2004) on 27 August 1953. Mildred died on 21 August 1992. Her ashes were buried in the Pyes Pa Cemetery Rose Gardens.
  4. Phyllis Mary Garmonsway (1919-2006). Born in Ngaruawahia on 2 October 1919. She married Albert Charles Adams (1915-1995) at the First Presbyterian Church, King St, Frankton on 20 May 1944. Albert served in World War II (1939-1945). Phyllis died on 8 September 2006 (reg. 2006/22593). Phyllis and Albert are buried in the Te Awamutu RSA burial ground (Divisional Cavalry Sgt. Regimental number 21900).
  5. Eileen Annie Garmonsway (-). Born on 22 October. She married Ernie Turner.
  6. Rose Ivy Garmonsway (1925-1995). Born in Hamilton on 3 February 1925. She married Victor John Scelly (1922-1997). Rose died in 1995 (reg. 1995/32388).
  7. Ida Melva Garmonsway (1930-2012). Born in Otorohanga on 27 March 1930. She married William Hard on 5 December 1954. Ida died on 9 May 2012.

In 1931 Thomas and Mildred separated.

In 1976 it was reported in the newspaper [undated newspaper cutting via Mavis Kelly]:

The South African Veteran's Association has presented the only surviving Boer War veteran in Taranaki, Mr T. Garmonsway, aged 94, of New Plymouth, with a badge commemorating the war.

Thomas died, aged 95, on 24 June 1977 in New Plymouth (reg. 1977/40411). His ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at New Plymouth Cemetery.

Mildred died, aged 84, on 16 May 1978 at Tauranga Hospital. Her ashes were scattered at Pyes Pa Crematorium.



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.

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).


How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2012). Thomas Albert Garmonsway (1881-1977). Retrieved from (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation:(McCauley, 2012).

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Thomas Albert Garmonsway (1881-1977)

Note:Service Number: 7171
First Names:Thomas Albert
Last Name:Garmonsway
Date of Birth:4 November 1881
Place of Birth:Paterangi, Te Awamutu
Country of birth: New Zealand
Date of death:24 June 1977
Place of death:New Plymouth, New Zealand
Place of burial:New Plymouth, New Zealand
Family Surname:Garmonsway
Spouses name:Mildred Caroline Bell
Spouses date of birth:6 January 1894
Spouses place of birth:Fowlers [now Kimbolton], New Zealand
Spouses date of death:15 May 1978
Spouses place of death:Tauranga Hospital, New Zealand
Spouses place of burial:Pyes Pa Crematorium
Date of marriage:2 August 1915
Place of marriage:Otorohanga, New Zealand
Fathers name:Thomas Garmonsway
Fathers date of birth:12 June 1843
Fathers place of birth:Stockport Barricks, Lancashire
Fathers date of death:23 June 1918
Fathers place of death:Paterangi, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Mothers name:Albertina Meyer
Mothers date of birth:1863
Mothers place of birth:Germany
Mothers date of death:3 October 1940
Mothers place of death:Hautapu, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Charles Vincent Garmonsway, Alwina Clarice Hazel Garmonsway, Alice Albertina Garmonsway, Frederick Trevor Garmonsway, Roy Leslie Garmonsway, Eva Hilda May Garmonsway, Jane Garmonsway, Edward Watts Garmonsway, William Henry Garmonsway, Frederick Charles Garmonsway, Kenneth Lionel Keith Garmonsway, and Harold Gordon Garmonsway
Name of the children:Melva Garmonsway, Phyllis Garmonsway, Hector Garmonsway, Mavis Garmonsway, Ruby Garmonsway, Eileen Garmonsway, and Rose Garmonsway
Military Service:South African conflict (Boer War 1899-1902)