O'CONNOR, Timothy 
(Service number 10/208)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 16 October 1882 Place of Birth Fairlie

Enlistment Information

Date 17 September 1914 Age 31 yrs 10 mths
Address at Enlistment Longburn
Occupation Railway surfaceman
Previous Military Experience Dannevirke Volunteers. Resigned
Marital Status Single. Married Ida Lavinia GWYNETT (Gwen), on 23 November 1918, at Stroud, Gloucestershire, England.
Next of Kin Mr and Mrs B. O'CONNOR, 31 Raymond Street, Timaru. Later Mrs I. L. O'CONNOR (wife), c/o G.P.O., Torquay
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 11 inches. Weight 160 lbs. Chest measurement 35-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Wellington Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Limerick or Arawa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli; Western Europe
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; 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 26 September 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of illness contracted on Active Service (sciatica; varicose veins).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded 8 August 1915

Post-war Occupations



Date 11 November 1955 Age 73 yrs
Place of Death Hastings (Havelock North)
Memorial or Cemetery Havelock North Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block G, Plot 441
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Timothy O'CONNOR was the son of Bernard and Mary O'CONNOR, of Fairlie and Timaru. He was educated at Fairlie School. He married Ida Lavinia in 1918 in England. From enlistment on 17 August 1914 until discharge on 26 September 1919, Timothy gave a total of 5 years and 41 days of service, all but 204 days overseas. In October 1918 he was classified "C" Class by N.Z.E.F. On 19 March 1919 he embarked from Plymouth for New Zealand. Standing Medical Board. On his return to New Zealand he settled with his English-born wife initially at Longridge, Porangahau. Some time after his return, his wife was advised that Timothy, who was receiving treatment at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Trentham, would receive every care and attention, and that 'nothing that medical science can do for him will be left undone'. He was authorized to receive treatment as an inpatient at the Hanmer Hospital from 2 August 1922 until he was discharged by the Mediical Superintendent. So it seems that he suffered ill effects from his long service. Timothy left a brief statement in the form of a Will with his Attestation forms [unreadable]. He married Ida Lavinia (Gwen) GWYNETT in 1918 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Their son John Desmond (Lofty) is buried with them in the Havelock North Cemetery.


Cenotaph Database [16 December 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0087743) [04 July 2014];; FreeBDM indexes (England) [16 December 2013]; NZ Electoral Rolls (; NZ Birth indexes (DIA historical records); Fairlie School Admission Record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG transcripts); Havelock Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Hastings District Council - online cemetery search) [12 December 2013]  

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