(Service number 32742)

Aliases Also spelt as Denis
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 15 February 1878 Place of Birth Tralee, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 24 July 1916 Age 36 years
Address at Enlistment Marton
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. Dailey MARTIN, Marton
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 9 stone 7 pounds. Chest measurement 33-36 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue grey. Hair dark brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth . . . ? No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Absent for some months seven years ago with fractured ribs. Fit

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 19th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date 15 April 1918 Reason Being no longer physically fit for War Service (sickness and overage)

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Post-war Occupations


Date 18 December 1965 Age 98 years (88 years?)
Place of Death Jubilee Home, Wanganui
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Denis SULLIVAN was the son of Denis and Ellen (nee HORGAN), it is believed. He was born at Tralee, in County Kerry, Ireland in 1878, one of twelve surviving children of Denis and Ellen. At the age of 37 and with no previous military experience, he enlisted for service with the New Zealand Forces. He embarked at Liverpool on 1 February 1918 for the return to New Zealand by the "Tahiti". His younger brother, Michael Joseph SULLIVAN (24/1493), aslo served in WWI.


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