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The first Member of the NZ Expeditionary Force (NZEF) to die on the Western Front was not a victim of shellfire or an enemy bullet. Michael Tobin of Tauranga was sadly a victim of pneumonia.
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Originally uploaded to the Tauranga Memories website (2011-2020), into the Remembering War basket, or focus group, by Tauranga City Libraries staff (Harley Couper), on May 05, 2014.
Its original URL was: and its original license was: Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License.

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First name: Michael
Surname: Tobin
Place of birth: Pukekohe, New Zealand
Date of birth: 5 June 1880
City: Tauranga, New Zealand
Year: 1916

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Michael Tobin: NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company
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