BREEN, Timothy Gregory
(Service number 7/2236)

Aliases Tim. Name on Cenotaph Database is Timothy George.
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Gunner


Date 17 November 1889 Place of Birth Kerrytown, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 16 November 1915 Age 25 yrs
Address at Enlistment Kerrytown
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. BREEN (father), Kerrytown, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 ft 81/2 in. Weight 150 lbs. Chest 34-37 in. Complexion dark. Eyes green. Hair dark brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart, lungs - normal. Limbs, chest - well formed. Joint movement good. Teeth good. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health; no physical defects; no fits.

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 10th Reinforcements Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery, 12th Battery

Military Awards

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 12 August 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service. Corns on soles of feet.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

17 Nov 1916 admitted to hospital at Codford from Sling & struck off strength. 22 Nov 1917 admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital. February 1917. Deep corns in sole of foot, painful when he walks; three corns excised under local anaesthetic; recovered. 23 Nov 1917 2 small ulcers on left foot; conrs on both feet. Boots corrected. Ulcer nearly healed. 31 Dec 1917 ulcer excised recurred. Hospital report - among sick and wounded, not severe case; next of kin resident at Kerrytown (Evening Post, 8 Feb 1917)

Post-war Occupations



Date 15 September 1977 Age 86
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 12, Plot 76
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Jeremiah & Norah BREEN. Married to Christina (d. 1974). Brother of Jerome also served WWI..


Cenotaph Database [09 August 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0017647) [08 September 2013; Cemetery Burial Record (online); NZ BDM historical records [Death]; Evening Post, 08 Feb 1917 (PapersPast) [11 August 2013].  

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