(Service number 53002)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||17 January 1892||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Address at Enlistment||Sifert Coy., Shannon. Post Office Hotel, Palmerston North|
|Occupation||Labourer (Sifert Coy.)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs B. HANIFIN (mother), Temuka|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 143 lbs. Chest measurement 34-39 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight, hearing, Colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. Some slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Deemed Class A. Scar on left side of neck and face.|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||27th Reinforcements F Company|
|Date||16 July 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||14 April 1919||Reason||Termination of his period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Reported that he was wounded on 5 September 1918 and admitted to hospital in France on 7 September, suffering from gunshot wound in right leg and arm. Admitted to No. 1 NZ General Hospital with gun shot wound received on 18 September 1918.
|Date||25 September 1973||Age||81 yrs|
|Place of Death||Timaru (of Temuka)|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 27 September 1973|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Temuka Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 180, Plot 619|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Owen HANIFIN was a son of Michael and Bridget (nee CARR) HANIFIN. His brothers Con and Jeremiah HANIFIN also served in WWI, both predeceasing Owen; all three were at the front at the same time. Two younger brothers, Michael Joseph HANIFIN and John Joseph HANIFIN, served in WWII. Owen returned to New Zealand per "Ruahine", embarking at London on 8 December 1918. He was granted sick-leave from 23 January till 29 January 1919. Owen, who never married, died in 1973. His funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church, Temuka, followed by burial in the Temuka Cemetery, attended by members of the Temuka RSA. Owen was one of 45 returned soldiers who were presented with gold medals at a most memorable gathering organised by the Waitohi Flat Presentation and Memorial Committee and held in the Waitohi schoolroom in November 1919. a enjoyable concert was provided before the returned soldiers, assembled in the front seats, were thanked and welcomed home. All involved were thanked for their kindness and mementoes of the war and the ladies of Waitohi were thanked for the much-valued parcels sent to the front.
Cenotaph Database [24 January 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0050046) [25 July 2014]; Headstone image & burial record Temuka Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 23 September 1918, 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [25 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 27 September 1973 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 January 2014; 24 July 2014]
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