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QSA 10th New Zealand Cont

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Queen’s South Africa Medal, bar South Africa 1902, 8687 Pte H. T. Doyle, 1st Regiment, 10th New Zealand Contingent. He fought in WW1 and would later be described as a “Rogue and Vagabond” convicted for stealing many times.

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Queen’s South Africa Medal, bar South Africa 1902, 8687 Pte H. T. Doyle, 1st Regiment, 10th New Zealand Contingent.

 

Henry Thomas Doyle was born on 24th July 1875 in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, to Thomas Edward Doyle and Margaret Lynch.

 

Following the end of the war was he arrived home in New Zealand during August 1902, on the Troopship Montrose, unfortunately there was an outbreak of Scarlet Fever on board, which put Doyle into the hospital at Auckland upon his arrival home.

 

One conviction in the Gisborne Times, 17th October 1923, which notes his 9 previous convictions:

 

“At the Wairoa Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Henry Thomas Doyle, with 9 previous convictions was charged with the theft of Vegetables and being unlawfully on the premises of the Boating Club.
He was sentenced to 6 months hard labour and 2 years of reformative treatment.”

 

During October 1936, he was caught on the premises during a raid on an illegal gambling den, playing “Two-Up”

 

He was again caught, noted in the Gisborne Herald, 26th April 1940, where the judge did not even bother fining him as he already had too many convictions to count:

 

“THEFT OF TOMATOES

 

Henry Thomas Doyle, an old age pensioner, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing 5lb of tomatoes valued at 1s 8d, the property of Ethel May Hallwright, and was sentenced to 7 days imprisonment. The magistrate said that the accused had a long list, and it did not seem much use fining him.”