O'SHEA, Dennis
(Service number 13220)

Aliases Born, married & died Dennis Michael
First Rank Driver Last Rank


Date 26 September 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 8 March 1916 Age 18 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment Pio Pio
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience Senior Cadets
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr T. O'SHEA (father), Pio Pio, Te Kuiti; Miss M. O'SHEA (sister), Wainihinihi, Kumara
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7¾ inches. Weight 189 lbs. Chest measurement 32-34 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/12. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No distinctive marks or marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease.

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 14th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery, No. 3 Field Battery
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals 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 7 June 1919 Reason On Termination of his Period of Engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 January 1956 Age 58 years
Place of Death Te Kuiti
Memorial or Cemetery Te Kuiti Cemetery
Memorial Reference Old Block 6, Plot 133
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Dennis O'Shea was the son of Timothy O'Shea and Annie née O'Rourke. Dennis was only 18 years old when he enlisted. He had given 1895 (instead of 1897), presumably so that he could enlist.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0089008) [27 September 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 September 2016]; New Zealand Herald, 15 March 1918, Otago Daily Times, 15 March 1918Dominion, 22 March 1918 (Papers Past) [26 September 2016]

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