(Service number 26/1195)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 6 April 1895 Place of Birth Wellington

Enlistment Information

Date 28 April 1915 Age 19 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment Wellington Farmers' Meat Co, Masterton
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience High School Cadets Temuka
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs (MULVANEY) O'DONOGHUE (mother), Clandeboye, Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4½ inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 32-34½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Hearts & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defcets. Never had any illness nor any fit. Fit.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Battalion, D company
Date 5 February 1916
Transport Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Egyptian; 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 13 October 1917 Reason On account of injury sustained on active service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 29 November 1967 Age 72 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Hawke's Bay; interred Hastings
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Mulvaney was the son of Joseph and Mary (née Donoghue) Mulvaney. He was educated at Waimate District High School and at Temuka School after his mother remarried in 1900 and moved to Waimate then Clandeboye. In 1902 John and Nellie Mulvaney competed well at the Hannaton school picnic sports events. In 1909 John gained his proficiency certificate at Clandeboye School. His father who had been active in Wellington local politics, died in a tragic accident in October 1899 in Wellington. The next year Mrs Mulvaney married Jeremiah O'Donoghue. in October 1916 Jack notified his sister that he was well after the heavy fighting. Two of John's brothers - Joseph and Thomas - also served in World War I,Thomas being killed in action in 1918 in France. Ellen (Nellie) Mulvaney who married Frank Kelly, a Timaru serviceman, was believed to be asister of John, Joseph and Thomas.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 January 2018]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0084310) [30 January 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 January 2018]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [25 January 2018]; Hastings Cemetery headstone transcription & Hawke's Bay Crematorium Register (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [25 January 2018]; Timaru Herald, 14 October 1899, 22 January 1910, 10 October 1916, Press, 14 October 1899, Waimate Daily advertiser, 8 April 1902 (Papers Past) [26 January 2018]

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