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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/04/1885
Died: 15/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 31
Thomas McMinn was the son of Samuel and Margaret Jane McMinn. Thomas was born on 15th April 1885 in Crossdernot Rock, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Thomas emigrated to New Zealand. Thomas McMinn enlisted in New Zealand on 15th October 1915. He was 30 years old. After training, Rifleman Thomas McMinn embarked for Suez, Egypt with C Company, 4th Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 5 February 1916 from Wellington, New Zealand. Rifleman Thomas McMinn was serving with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade when he was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916. He was 31 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley N.Z. Memorial
  Longueval, Somme, 
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 1463582
Longueval is a village approximately 13 kilometres east of Albert and 10 kilometres south of Bapaume. The Memorial is situated on a terrace in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, which lies a short distance west of Longueval, on the south side of the road to Contalmaison.
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1 1901 Census lists McMinn family Lists Thomas as age 15 living with his family at house 5 in Crossdernot, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McMinn family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 11 in Crossdernot, Tyrone
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents (21 no) of Thomas McMinn
4 Photo of Thomas McMinn's panel inscription
5 Jeremiah Mc Minn - brother Also served with NZEF, but survived.
6 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Thomas McMinn
7 NOK Address in Ireland S McMinn, Father, Dungannon County Tyrone Ireland. Son of Mrs M J McMinn, Crossdernot, Rock, Dungannon
8 NZ War Graves Project Photo of Caterpillar Valley Memorial inscription (memorial)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021