BROSNAHAN, James Timothy
(Service number 22933)

Aliases Jim
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 6 July 1891 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 11 January 1916 Age 24 yrs 1 mth
Address at Enlistment C/- W. Burt, Waipukurua (Waipukurau?)
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Timothy Michael BROSNAHAN (father), Kerrytown, Timaru, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 11 stone. Chest 35-37 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes hazel. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth - upper two unformed, lower teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No previous illnesses. No fits.  

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 Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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 9 February 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Admitted to hospital on 10 July 1917, then to Walton-on-Thames Hospital on 11 July, with gun shot wounds received on 28/30 June 1917. He had in fact been reported wounded on 225 June. He was transferred to Hornchurch on 17 July and stayed there until 22 August.

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 July 1955 Age 64 yrs
Place of Death The Gums, Kerrytown
Cause Sickness
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 204, Plot 383
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Timothy BROSNAHAN was the son of Timothy Michael Thady and Mary BROSNAHAN. Timothy remarried in 1896, three years after James's mother, Mary, died in 1893.

Jamesgave a total of 3 years and 30 days of war service. He embarked at Liverpool on 3 December 1918 per "Tahiti".

James is buried with his father and his step-mother Bridget in Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 July 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0018536) [16 April 2014]; TDC headstone image (Temuka Cemetery) [28 August 2013/23 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 26 July 1955 (Timaru District Library) [17 May 2015]; Timaru Herald, 20 May 1909, 16 July 1917, 8 & 14 January 1919, Oamaru Mail, 14 July 1917, Sun, 6 January 1919 (Papers Past) [11 February 2016]; SCRoll web submission by M Brosnan, 25 June 2020.

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