Matthews family, Thomas and Leah in New Zealand.
Thomas Matthews b. 11 October 1888, Venton, plympton, Devon, England. Family lived at Leemill near Ivybridge. Devonshire, England. Arrived in New Zealand approx 1913, was at Kaikoura married to Leah McLeod during World War One. Joined New Zealand expeditionary force in March 1917 although he only served 15 days as he was rejected on medical grounds of having flat feet despite having served 18 months in the British Navy. On enlistment he is described as being 28years 4 months of fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes, 5 foot 4 1/2 inches and occupation Miner. Thomas,Leah and family moved up to the north island, Dargaville . It is believed he was a roading contractor for many years. Thomas died in Auckland Hospital on 25 October 1941.