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602621 Private Thomas (Tommy) Gladstone Hook, 24th (Auckland) Battalion, 2nd NZEF

Thomas Gladstone Hook was born on 28th January 1905 the younger of two sons born to Agnes (nee Robertson) and Thomas Enoch Hook[i]. The boys were raised in the Porirua District with Thomas G Hook being enrolled at the Porirua School in 1910[ii]. Following school Tommy worked as a carrier based in Tawa[iii].

Thomas (Tommy) Gladstone Hook married Pauline Constance Ellen Mickle at Saint Anne’s Church, Porirua, on 29th August 1928. The couple had one child Josephine Louise Hook[iv] born in March 1934.

On 8th July 1941, as 2/1/1146 Private Hook entered service with the 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment[v]. Private Hook served in transport roles at various military bases in New Zealand up to August 1943. Private Hook then entered Linton Military Camp as 602621 Private Hook, 11th Reinforcements, 2nd NZEF.

Private Hook embarked for overseas service on 31st March 1944. On arrival in Egypt Private Hook was posted to the
24th (Auckland) Battalion and following training was sent to join his unit in Italy. Private Hook was in action during the period April 1944 – June 1944 at Arreso and Florence, Italy. In late June 1944 Private Hook was evacuated sick with headaches and sore back ‘possible spinal meningitis.’ Following evaluation it was determined that it was an old injury
that had been aggravated by active service.  Private Hook indicated that he had injured his back 15 years prior lifting a
fuel oil drum. There was a full medical board that determined that Private Hook was not fit for any service with the
2nd NZEF in the Middle East and should be shipped back, when transport was available, to New Zealand . The report
notes 'S  Arthritis Lumbar Spinal & Sacro-Illiac Joint'. Private Hook arrived back in New Zealand in January 1945 and was discharged from the 2nd NZEF with a 30% pension given the injury was aggravated by active service.

Tommy returned to civilian life as a carrier living in Main Road, Porirua.

In September 1946 Tommy was hospitalised with inflammation of the spine and while in Wellington hospital he
developed Bronchial Pneumonia and died on 16th September 1946[vi]. Bronchial Pneumonia known as hospital disease often impacted patients who were admitted with other illnesses.

Thomas Gladstone Hook was buried in Porirua Cemetery, his wife Pauline is buried with him.

Notes
602621 Private Thomas Gladstone Hook is listed in the Commonwealth War Graves
database as one of three war graves in Porirua Cemetery. It is probable that as he was
on a war pension when he died he was entered. As the injury was an historic one,
aggravated by war service, and given he died of Bronchial Pneumonia he has not been
listed on the Porirua Memorial Wall. Also the Porirua School Roll of Honour, compiled for
the Golden Jubilee in 1948, lists T G Hook as ‘they also served.’

References
NZ BDM online
BDM Death Certificate 1948/26336
Paperspast Online
NZDF Achives
Porirua School Silver Jubilee 1873 – 1948
Porirua Cemetery records online
NZ Electoral rolls 1928 – 1948

Photos
Porirua Cemetery records online
NZ Troops (25th Battalion) welcomed by Italians April 1944 

[i] NZ BDM
[ii] Porirua School Class 1910: Porirua School Jubilee
[iii] Electoral Rolls 1928 -1948
[iv] NZDF Archives, military records; 602621 Private Thomas Gladstone Hook
[v] NZDF Archives, military records: 602621 Private Thomas Gladstone Hook
[vi] NZBDM Death certificate
  

  

 
NZ Troops welcome in Italy April 1944