(Service number 65010)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||5 July 1889||Place of Birth||Kurow|
|Date||20 July 1917||Age|
|Address at Enlistment||Makikihi (Hunter crossed out)|
|Occupation||Farm hand (for T Ayers, Makikihi)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Alfred Quigley (father), Morven, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||34th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company|
|Date||8 February 1918|
|Transport||HMNZT 100 Ulimaroa|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Western European 1918-1919|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||17 September 1919||Reason||Discharged on termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||22 April 1955||Age|
|Place of Death||Waimate|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Waimate Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Patrick, son of Irish immigrants Alfred and Margaret Quigley, was born at Kurow in 1886.
Private Quigley had a checkered start to his service however. He was initially rejected for military service in July 1916, at Waimate, as medically unfit for service. But, he eventually attested for service in September 1917. Initially it appears he was classed B2, but his examination was deferred as he was under the influence of liquor, eventually being classed as ‘A’. In December though was charged for desertion at Trentham military camp when he failed to appear at roll-call on the date his leave expired. Quigley reported back on 19 January 1918 instead. At the court martial he pleaded not guilty, but was convicted and punished with 60 days detention. The sentence was mitigated when, in the New Year, Patrick embarked for the front in February 1918. He left with the 34th Reinforcements, D Company, Otago Infantry, part of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade (NZRB). Patrick’s brother, Alfred, had been killed in action in February 1917, some seven or eight months prior to his own call-up. One wonders how much this may have affected Patrick’s eagerness to serve.
Arriving at Sling Camp in England he was posted to E Company at the end of March before heading overseas (to France) in mid-May. On 30 July 1918 Patrick’s Commanding officer recorded that Patrick had suffered a self-inflicted bullet wound to his left ankle the day before. Patrick claimed he thought his rifle was unloaded and while cleaning it, the trigger caught and the rifle discharged. The incident was reported as self-inflicted (S/I) and Patrick was tried and convicted. In January 1919 the wound had healed and he was classified as fit for duty, but still had some disability in walking.
With the war having drawn to a close, Patrick sailed for home in July 1919. He was discharged form service in New Zealand in September of that year. Patrick served 36 days service in New Zealand and 1 year and 194 days overseas. He received the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service.
Patrick returned to Morven, where the local community presented him, and other local soldiers, a commemorative medal honouring his service. Quigley passed away in 1955 in Waimate.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [5 August 2020]; Military Record - Archives New Zealand, Wellington
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