MURPHY, Patrick
(Service number 47173)

First Rank (1) Rifleman; (2)Prisoners of War Repatriation Guard Last Rank


Date 6 April 1886 Place of Birth Kilkenny, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment (1) Rosewill; (2) Soldiers Hostel, Wellington
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin (1) W. MURPHY (father), Cruttin Clough, Coone, Bagenallatown, Kilkenny, Ireland; also Mr EMSLIE (friend), Stafford Street, Timaru; (2) mr William MURPHY (father), Castlecoomer, Kilkenny, Ireland; also Mrs McDONALD (friend), Soldiers Hostel, Wellington
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) 25th Reinforcements, G Company
Date (1) 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Patrick Murphy was the son of William and Mary Murphy of County Kilkenny, Ireland. It appears that the family was at Clomantagh, Kilkenny in 1901 and 1911, Patrick (16 years old, a labourer) there in 1901 but not in 1911. On enlistment in 1917, Patrick stated that he had been in New Zealand for 6 years. He was drawn in the ballot in April 1917. In July his name was listed as a missing reservist. But his name was supposed to have been removed from the ballot when he went into camp, his employer, Mr W. Wright, Rosewill, pointed out, giving the military authorities his service number and other details. Patrick Murphy, 47173, returned to New Zealand with Draft 187 which brought a large number of soldiers home in early October 1918. He was discharged in 8 November 1918. On 3 January 1919 in Wellington, he joined the as a Prisoners of War Repatriation Guard. He again gave his father as next-of-kin, as well as a friend, Mrs McDonald, of the Soldiers Hostel, Wellington, where Patrick was residing. This time he was overseas from 16 May 1919 until 11 August, when he was discharged.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 July 2019]; 1901 & 1911 census returna for Ireland ( [15 July 2019]; Timaru Herald, 18 April 1917, 9 & 19 July 1917, Evening Post, 30 September 1918 (Papers Past) [16 August 2016; 15 July 2019]

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