LATCHMORE Arthur Thomas
7896 Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

Arthur Thomas LATCHMORE joined the Legion in July 1913 and for a short time was a member of the Poverty Bay Squadron.  This was the lure to try and find out more.  He was qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Surgeon in his Taupo community.

In a letter dated 5 July 1917 to the Surgeon General the Dr wrote:
“...My qualifications are MRCS, LRCP, London 1896 and I am 47 years of age.  I have had considerable tropical experience at Sierra Leone, West Africa for 10 years, being civil surgeon at the barracks there during the South African War (1899-1902), have attended both the Liverpool and London School’s of Tropical Medicine for study etc and also have 10 months as civil surgeon at Samoa (1914) under Colonel Dawson.  In New Zealand I was for 12 months Acting Lieutenant in the Waimarino Mounted Rifles (TF) in Raetihi as the surgeon’s position was filled by Dr Owen.”

This letter was replied to with a short note to say that as he was over-age he was not going to be suitable for active service overseas during WWI.

He was a General Practitioner in his community of Taupo until his untimely death on 1 April 1931 of a brain haemorrhage, he now being buried in the Taupo Public Cemetery


NOTES
Born 1870 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died 1 April 1931 Taupo, New Zealand
Buried Taupo Public Cemetery (Area C, Plot 30).

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