KIRK, Henry Francis
(Service number 27305)

Aliases Tim
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 27 April 1896 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

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)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. J. KIRK (mother), Marston Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
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.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
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

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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