(Service number 6 /4111)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 7 May 1892 Place of Birth Kerrytown, SC

Enlistment Information

Date 17 November 1915 Age 23
Address at Enlistment Kerrytown
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience 2nd SC Regt, D Coy
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. Naughton (father), Kerrytown, Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information 6ft 1in, 163lbs, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport HMNZT 47 Willochra or HMNZT 48 Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 16 October 1916 Age 24
Place of Death United Kingdom from France
Cause Died of wounds
Notices Timaru Herald 20 Jan 1917
Memorial or Cemetery Oxford (Botley) cemetery,Oxfordshire,U.K.
Memorial Reference 11.65
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pleasant Point War Memorial; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour (spelt Norton); Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions

Biographical Notes

Richard Naughton was born at Kerrytown on 7 May 1892, the sixth son of William and Annie Naughton.

He enlisted on 17 November 1915, at that time working as a ploughman for PL Wareing of Fairlie, and gave his previous address Kerrytown. He was described as single, Roman Catholic, 6ft 1in, 163lbs, of dark complexion, with grey eyes, and dark brown hair. He was attached to the 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Coy and embarked for Suez and Egypt at Wellington on 4 March 1916. He disembarked at Suez on 10 April 1916, but immediately re-embarked for France on 13 April and was attached to the strength in Etaples, France on the 24th. Naughton’s time at the front was short. He was wounded in action on 1 October 1916 with a gunshot wound to his back and put onto the hopital ship Maheno for England on 5 October. He was admitted to hospital in Oxford on 8 October, but died of his wounds on 16 October 1916.

Richaed is buried at Botley Cemetery, Oxford, England. His will had named his sister, Miss K. Naughton of Kerrytown as his legatee.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (August 2013); Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]

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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG

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