O'CONNOR, John Edward
(Service number 6/1946)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Care of Jerry Brosnahan, Seadown
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin James O'CONNOR (brother), care of Jerry Brosnahan, Seadown, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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

August 1915 reported wounded; 22 March 1917 - in official hospital, not serious case.

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Brother James O'CONNOR also at Seadown in 1915, with Jerry Brosnahan. Among 442 "walking wounded" who arrived from the Somme and Messines, France at Auckland on 3 January 1918, then home to South Canterbury. John is named on the Seadown honours board (Returned) which was unveiled in a ceremony at the school in August 1920.


Cenotaph Database [16 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 18 August 1915, 22 March 1917, 5 & 7 January 1918, Auckland Star, 3 January 1918, 21 August 1920 (Papers Past) [16 December 2013; 16 September 2014]

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