Private Thomas Dunford died at the Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday, as the result of wounds at, and exposure after, the battle of Messines. His thigh was fractured in the engagement, and he lay out, in a shell hole, for two days and three nights. He returned to New Zealand on New Year's Day. He went away with the 19th Reinforcements. Prior to enlisting he worked for his father, Mr Wm. Dunford, of Arawa street, Bayfield. He was the second of Mr Dunford's sons. Two of his other sons have lost their lives on active service, Patrick having been killed in action in France last December, whilst James was accidentally drowned in Egypt last April. Two younger sons, David and John, are now serving at the front.
PRESS, VOLUME LIV, ISSUE 16292, 16 AUGUST 1918, PAGE 4
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