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82229   Private Thomas Gilmore
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/03/1879
Died: 27/01/1919 (Died of Illness)
Age:
Summary      
Thomas Gilmore was the youngest son of James and Ellen Gilmore. Thomas was born on 29th March 1879 in Bellaghy. Thomas and his father were farmers. About 1904, Thomas emigrated to New Zealand. Before enlisting, Thomas Gilmore worked as a station manager in Little River. Thomas enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (N.Z.E.F.) originally in Christchurch on 13th June 1917. Private Gilmore embarked with his unit from Wellington, New Zealand on 2nd October 1918, bound for London. The war ended while Private Gilmore was at sea. He was inoculated on 20th January 1919. He died of a combination of influenza and pneumonia.
Further Information
Thomas Gilmore was the youngest son of James and Ellen Gilmore. James Gilmore married Ellen Ervin / Irwin / Irvine in Ballymena on 25th June 1862.
Thomas Gilmore was born on 29th March 1879 in Bellaghy, County Londonderry.
Family: James Gilmore, Ellen Gilmore, Mary Gilmore (born 10th October 1865), Sarah Gilmore (born 15th August 1867), Annie Gilmore (born 24th January 1869), Robert Gilmore (born 7th September 1870), Martha Gilmore (born 30th April 1872), William Gilmore (born 20th March 1874), James Gilmore (born 1st June 1877), Joseph Gilmore, Ellen Jane Gilmore, Thomas Gilmore (born 29th March 1879).
Main Street, Bellaghy
The 1901 census lists Thomas as age 21 living with the family at house 17 in Ballymacombs More, Bellaghy, County Londonderry. Thomas and his father were farmers. His father was a widower.
About 1904, Thomas emigrated to New Zealand.
Before enlisting, Thomas Gilmore worked as a station manager in Little River for W H Montgomery.
Thomas enlisted originally in Christchurch on 13th June 1917.
Thomas enlisted a second time in Featherston on 13th July 1918.
Private Thomas Gilmore was posted 17th June 1918 and transferred 9th July 1918.
Private Gilmore embarked with his unit from Wellington, New Zealand on 2nd October 1918 on the Matatua bound for London. The war ended while Private Gilmore was at sea.
Private Thomas Gilmore was inoculated on 20th January 1919. He was admitted to Larkhill on the 25th January 1919 with influenza. Later that day he was transferred to the Military Hospital, Fargo. Two days later, on 27th January 1919, Thomas Gilmore died of a combination of influenza and pneumonia. He was 39 years old.
His brother Robert was his next of kin. He was living at 818 River West, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.
His medals went to his brother Mr J Gilmore.
Private Thomas Gilmore had an uncle, Mr J T Irwin, living in Napier Street, Auckland.
Private Thomas Gilmore is buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery in Wiltshire, England.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballymacombs More, Bellaghy Bellaghy Census listing in Ballymacombs More, Bellaghy 54.828278 -6.489441
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Gilmore family 1901 census lists Thomas as age 21 living with the family at house 17 in Ballymacombs More, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private Thomas Gilmore
3 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private Thomas Gilmore including grave photo
4 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private Thomas Gilmore including grave photo
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