Pte. Roy Leslie Garmonsway

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Pte. Roy Leslie Garmonsway

Birthplace: Paterangi, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Death: March 24, 1966 (72)
Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Garmonsway and Albertina Reid
Husband of Elizabeth Cicely Garmonsway
Father of Kathleen Ethel Wade
Brother of Thomas Albert Garmonsway; Jane Bell; Edward Watt Garmonsway; William Henry Garmonsway; Charles Frederick Garmonsway and 7 others

Service No: WWI 81523
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About Pte. Roy Leslie Garmonsway

Roy Leslie Garmonsway was born on at Paterangi on 27 February 1894 (reg. 1894/2419). His parents were Thomas and Albertina Garmonsway (nee Meyer) who married in St John's Church, Te Awamutu, on 14 August 1880 (reg. 1880/1949).

On 17 April 1915 he married Elizabeth Cicely Taylor in Auckland (reg. 1915/8018). Elizabeth was born on 30 November 1880.

It's possible that in around 1915 he had an accident with a horse that saw him spend six months unable to work.

The Pukekohe & Waiuku Times reported a case against Roy of cattle stealing on 15 May 1917. He was found 'not guilty' as reported in the New Zealand Herald on 25 May 1917. Roy had been appointed working manager of a 700 acre farm at Whangamarino belonging to Clunie J. Drake whilst he was with the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force. Roy and Clunie's farm adjoined each other. A cow named Tulip was the subject of the charge of cattle stealing.

Roy attested on 12 December 1917. His older brother Harold Gordon Garmonsway (1889-1918) was killed on 27 March 1918 during the Battle of Somme. On on 9 May 1918 another older brother Edward Watt Garmonsway (1885-1967) received a gunshot wound to the abdomen whilst fighting in France.

On 17 August 1918 Roy embarked from Wellington with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 43rd Reinforcements, F Company. They disembarked in London on 29 October 1918. The following day, on 30 October 1918, he was posted to the Otago Regiment from the 43rd. On 6 November 1918 Roy was transferred to the Auckland Regiment.

Roy was admitted to the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital in Codford suffering from deafness on 19 December 1918. On 24 December 1918 he was sent to London to recover, being discharged to the Depot in Godford on 10 January 1919.

He was again admitted to the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital in Codford on 14 March 1919 suffering from mumps. He was discharged to the command depot in Codford on 3 April 1919.

On 8 July 1919 Roy embarked for New Zealand aboard the Ruahine and on 17 October 1919 he was discharged from the army 'on account of illness contracted while on active service'. The illnesses included deafness and indigestion.

Roy died on 24 March 1966 (reg. 1966/26486). He was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. Elizabeth died on 19 February 1976 (reg. 1976/28285). She was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery.

Source: Biography of Roy Leslie Garmonsway by Debbie McCauley, his second great niece

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Pte. Roy Leslie Garmonsway's Timeline

February 27, 1894
Paterangi, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Birth Registration Number: (reg. 1894/2419).

March 6, 1919
New Zealand
March 24, 1966
Age 72
Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Death Registration Number: (reg. 1966/26486).

March 28, 1966
Age 72
Hamilton Park Cemetery, Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand