THOMSON, Kenneth Sinclair
. New Zealand. Lieutenant. Transferred to 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Daly's Horse), Frontier Force. Kenneth Thomson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Sinclair Thomson, of The Crossing, Geraldine, New Zealand. Was born in Wellington on October 7th, 1886. He entered Wanganui Collegiate School in 1900, and remained there for five years, being a Prefect during his last year. From Wanganui he went for about a year to the Otago Medical School, and thence to St. John’s College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge he obtained a commission in the King’s Colonials and became so much interested in military matters that he decided to give up his medical career and go into the army. After taking his B.A. degree with honours in 1909, he obtained a commission in the Indian Army, leaving in February to join the 21st Cavalry, Frontier Force. He was on leave in New Zealand for six months in 1913 and visited Wanganui. His death in action occurred in the neighbourhood of Basra, in the Persian Gulf, on March 3rd, 1915, he had been attached for service to the 16th Cavalry and put in command of a machine-gun section. He can have only been a very short time at the front before he fell. (In Memoriam, 1914-1918, Wanganui Collegiate School). He is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (III.C.17). (Reference - Auckland Online Cenotaph). Photograph is of him in the uniform of a Lieutenant in the 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Daly's Horse) circa 1914-15.