KIRK, Henry Francis
(Service number 27305)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||27 April 1896||Place of Birth||Christchurch|
|Date||Age||20 yrs 1 mth|
|Address at Enlistment||Marston St, Timaru|
|Occupation||Clerk (N.Z Government, Post Office)|
|Previous Military Experience||P. & T. Engineers (still serving)|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. J. KIRK (mother), Marston Street, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 123 lbs. Chest measurement 32-34 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight and hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||17th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||25 September 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Military Awards||Military Medal (MM)|
Award Circumstances and Date
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field, near Auchonvillers, carrying messages through terrific enemy barrage when communication lines were out, on the 5th April 1918. (London Gazette, 29 August 1918). For full citation, see biography.
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 October 1918||Age||22 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Marcoing British Cemetery, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||II E 5|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Basilica of the Sacred Heart|
Son of Herbert Edward & Mary Anne (nee SHERIDAN) KIRK, of Timaru.
Cenotaph Database [21 July 2013]; CWGC [13 August 2013]; Otago Daily Times, 21 May 1918 & 28 June 1918 [PapersPast, 19 August 2013]; Files supplied by Peter Gilchrist, October 2014
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