(Service number 38932)

Aliases Aloysius (on death notification & burial record)
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 1 August 1894 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 10 October 1916 Age 22 yrs 1 mth
Address at Enlistment Charles Street, Timaru
Occupation Painter
Previous Military Experience 2nd S.C. Rgt.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Hugh BROSNAHAN (father), 21 Spencer Street, Addington, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 ft 8 in. Weight 150 lb. Chest 33-35 in. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight & hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs & chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart & lungs normal. Dental treatment carried out on 4 October 1916. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, Varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No 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 22nd Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regimenet, C Company
Date 16 February 1916
Transport Navua 
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 21 August 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds (Gas Poisoning) received in Action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

3 August 1917 admitted to Field Ambulance - gassed, shell. 10 August 1917 admitted to Casualty Clearing Station - gassed, shell. 11 August 1917 admitted to hospital in France, wounded & slightly gassed.

Post-war Occupations

Painter & paperhanger


Date 3 July 1963 Age 75 yrs
Place of Death Auckland
Notices Timaru Herald, 5 July 1963
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Soldiers J, Row 1, Plot 53
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Hugh & Julia (nee SCANNELL) BROSNAHAN. Brother of Timothy John killed in action & Patrick Joseph also served. Married Nora LEARY in 1921. Next-of-kin at death - Mrs BUTLER, 53 Margate Rd, Blockhouse Bay. Mrs Butler was his daughter Beatrice. His wife Norah predeceased him. He was also survived by a sister - Sister M. Rita, of Waimate. Educated at Kerrytown School; in 1905 Louis participated in the exhibition of dumb-bell drill at the school's grand annual concert. In March 1914 he appeared in Court charged with failing to render service under the Defence Act; he explained that he had been busy at harvest and had neglected to write to the officers; in May 1914 the case was dismissed as he had attended parades and drills. he played cricket while living in Timaru (1915). Prior to enlistment, Louis had been rejected as unfit for the military on account of a broken collar bone. Returned to Nedw Zealand in Draft No. 147, in March 1918.


Cenotaph Database [29 July 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0018539) [30 March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 28 November 1905, 6 March & 29 May 1914,12 November 1915, Otago Daily Times, 28 August 1917, Evening Post, 13 March 1918 (Papers Past) [02 April 2014]; Auckland City Council Online Burial Records (Waikumete Cemetery) [03 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1963 (Timaru District Library) [11 April 2014]

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