(Service number 69875)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||10 July 1887||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||22 September 1917||Age||29 years 2 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Southampton Street, Hastings|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs B. O'CONNOR (mother0, Southampton Street, Hastings|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 166 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inchesComplexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight, hearing and colour vision all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Illness - rheumatism. Free from hernia, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - moderate left. Varicose veins - slight both legs. Vaccination mark (left). Good bodily and mental health. Slight defect - varicose veins - but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Class A.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||36th Reinforcements A Company|
|Date||23 April 1918|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Southampton, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry 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||23 September 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
19 June 1918 admitted to Government Hospital at Suez, with diarrhoea - satisfactory; discharged on 25 June and readmitted on 25 June, with dysentery.
|Date||16 October 1965||Age||78 years|
|Place of Death||Auckland|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
This Michael O'CONNOR (69875) was born at Timaru in 1896, the son of Maurice and Bridget (nee GORMAN) O'CONNOR. His father Maurice died in 1906; his mother Bridget was later of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, with Michael's sister, Sarah Jane O'CONNOR, who married Herbert Gregory PLOWMAN in 1916 and was living in Hastings. Several of the family finished up living in the Hawke's Bay area. Michael himself was living and working as a driver at Hastings at the time of his enlistment, and he appears to be back there after the war. After 9 years at Gleniti School, Michael had left at the age of 14 to go to go to work. While at Trentham, on 2 March 1918, he was confined to barracks for 14 days and forfeited four days pay for being absent without leave. He commenced active service on 16 April 1918 and even then he managed to complete one year and 126 days of service overseas, before embarking for the return to New Zealand on 26 August 1919 per the "Geissen". His brother, Daniel O'CONNOR (11/111), also served in WWI. The next-of-kin at Michael's death - Mr M. SWANSON - was likely a nephew, since his sister mary married William Robert SWANSON in 1912.
Cenotaph Database [04 December 2014]; School Admission Registers (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) 
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