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64178   Private Thomas Heslop
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Dated added: 25/05/2017   Last updated: 22/04/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 21st Battalion, New Zealand Infantry (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 16/07/1912
Died: 17/12/1942 (Unknown)
Age: 30
Thomas Heslip was the second son of Alexander and Rachel Heslip. Thomas was born on 16th July 1912 in the district of Dungannon. He was one of at least six children, all born in the Clonavaddy area. They were a farming in Aghintober. Thomas emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlistment, Thomas was a farmer living at Cambridge Road, Tauranga, New Zealand. Private Thomas Heslop was serving with the 21st Battalion of the New Zealand Infantry when he died on 17th December 1942 in the Western Desert in North Africa.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tripoli War Cemetery
  Tripoli  32
Grave Ref: Grave 12-E-10
CWGC Casualty 2168646
The Cemetery is in the Mansura district of Tripoli, 2.5 kilometres west of the city centre. It is located off the westWar ern end of Sharia Jamahuriya, close to the major roundabout at Bab Gargaresh. Access to the War and Military Cemeteries is via the now disused Italian Municipal Christian Cemetery. From the main gate of the municipal cemetery follow the avenue for about 100 metres to the small piazza with a crucifixion scene sculpture and turn left (east). The stepped entrance to the War Cemetery can then be seen 100 metres ahead.
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Heslip family Does not list Thomas with the family at house 8 in Aghintober, Clonavaddy, Tyrone
2 Dolores Cross Project No grave photo
3 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private Thomas Heslop incluuding grave photo
4 NZ War Graves Project Photo of Private Thomas Heslop's gravestone
5 Tauranga Roll of Honour: WW2 Private Thomas Heslop listed
6 Tauranga RSA Cenotaph Private Thomas Heslop listed
7 WWII Cenotaph, Tauranga Private Thomas Heslop listed
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023