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Private John Lester Tomlinson - 27394

John was born at Christchurch on 28 February 1896, son of Frederick and Annie Jane Tomlinson. He was farming for his father at St Albans. He had previous military experience as he was serving with the K Company Coastal Defense Unit. He was 5ft 11 in tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

John enlisted on 31st May 1916 and assigned to 17th Reinforcements, J Company  he embarked from Wellington on 25th

Mr E. Vince, of Lakeside, has been notified that Private F. Palmer, a lad well-known in the Lakeside district, was admitted to hospital in England on the 12th inst, suffering from a gunshot wound in the left arm. This is at least the third time Private Palmer has been wounded, and he is still only 19 years of age. He was born and brought up in the district and lived with the Vince family since he was a small boy. He tried to get away several times before he was' finally accepted, but his

Private James Joseph Kavanagh - 14996   

James was born at Cooladine, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland, on 1st May 1895, son of Patrick and Margaret Kavanagh. He had not come to New Zealand alone for although his parents were still in Ireland his sister Hannah was living in Christchurch.  Before enlisting he was working as a farm labourer for Mr P. Morrison at Darfield. He was 5ft 6in tall, with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair as well as a scar on the  back of

Private Henry Daniel Blane Affleck - 24527         

Henry was born 26 August 1891, son of James and Anne Affleck. He was educated at the Glentunnel School. For several years, after leaving school, he was engaged at his father’s Glentunnel pottery, and then went to Dunedin. At the time of enlistment he was working as a grocer's assistant. He was described as a man of a generous and open-hearted disposition. He was 5ft 4in tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark hair.

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