Topic: Trooper Thomas McCahon

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds in Egypt.

Trooper Thomas McCahon  - 7/1118                                      Grave iThomas McCahonmage from NZ Wargraves

Thomas was born 27 November 1894 at Oxford, son of Thomas and Fanny McCahon, where he also attended school. Before enlisting he had been employed on Mr W. Jenkins's  farm at Waddington and was well-liked by all who knew him.  He had previous military experience with School Cadets. He was 5ft 9inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. He also had a mole on the left side of his chest and a birth mark on his right arm. 

Thomas enlisted 14 February 1915 at Trentham and was assigned to the Machine Gun Corps embarking on 13 June 1916 with the Fifth Reinforcements. He served at Gallipoli and was one of the last to leave the Peninsula. His cousin Signaller J McCahon was killed during the landing at Gallipoli.After the evacuation of Gallipoli he arrived in Alexandria on Boxing Day 1915 and a month later he moved out to the Suez Canal zone. He was transferred to the Mounted Rifles on 8 July and then went on to base at Kantara on 18 July 1916. On the 4th of August there was a major battle at Romani to protect the Rail line from the Ottoman Turk attack. He died of a head wound, a compound fracture of the skull, on 4 August 1916, aged 21. He is buried in the Kantara War Cemetery, Egypt. In New Zealand Thomas is remembered on the Malvern County and Sheffield War Memorials.  

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CWGC Cemetery locale history: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery is situated at Kantara East on the eastern side of the Suez Canal, 160 kilometres north-east of Cairo and 50 kilometres south of Port Said. In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa. KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY now contains 1,562 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 110 from the Second World War.  Near the entrance to the cemetery is the KANTARA MEMORIAL, bearing the names of 16 New Zealand servicemen of the First World War who died in actions at Rumani and Rafa, and who have no known grave.


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Trooper Thomas McCahon

First Names:Thomas
Last Name:McCahon
Date of Birth:25 November 1894
Place of Birth:Oxford
Date of Death:4 August 1916
Place of Death:Egypt
Memorial or Cemetery:Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez
Age at death:21
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Hand
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Machine Gun Squadron
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:14 Feb 1915
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of James Dorns and Fanny McCahon
Service Number:7/1118
Rank last held:Trooper
Embarkation:13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Mauganui or Tahiti or Apirima
Theatres of War:Egypt
Cause of Death:Died of wounds