SMALL, Maurice Patrick
(Service number 9/1738)

Aliases Enlisted as Maurice Small
First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 30 December 1882 Place of Birth Feilding

Enlistment Information

Date 20 August 1915 Age 32 years 8 months
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience South African War - 10th South African Contingent
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs C. SMALL (mother), Fairlie, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 165 lbs. Chest measurement 39-42 inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both good. Limbs well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mentl health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Mounted Rifles
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Service Medals 1914-1915 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 25 June 1916 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 November 1962 Age 81 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 19 November 1962
Memorial or Cemetery Fairlie Cemetery
Memorial Reference Row 1, Plot 33
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Maurice Patrick Small was the son of James and Catherine (née Connor) Small, of Fairlie. His brother Daniel lawrence Small was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme and another brother, Francis James Small died of wounds in 1917 in Belgium. Two more brothers, Thomas and William Small, also served in World War One. Maurice Small was a veteran of the Boer War also.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 July 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives ref. AABK 18805 W5515 0005137) [26 July 2016]; Timaru Herald, 19 & 20 November 1962 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 July 2016]; Timaru Herald, 20 July 1915, 17 August 1915, Dominion, 3 February 1916, Eevening Post, 8 May 1916 (Papers Past) [26 July 2016]; Timaru Herald, 19 & 20 November 1962 (timaru District Library) 25 July 2016]

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