O'CONNOR, Michael Bernard
(Service number 18582)

Aliases Mick, Dick; Bertie
First Rank Second Lieutenant Last Rank Second Lieutenant


Date 24 February 1895 Place of Birth Pleasant Point, Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 40 Arthur Street, Timaru
Occupation Schoolmaster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin M. O'CONNOR (father), Hazelburn, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

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 14th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion (F Company)
Date 30 December 1916
Transport Athenic 
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals Yes
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 5 April 1918 Age 23 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Killed in action, in the Field
Memorial or Cemetery Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Memorial Reference II. M. 27.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Hazelburn War Memorial, South Canterbury; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library); St Joseph's Church, Temuka

Biographical Notes

Son of Maurice & Elizabeth (nee SCANLAN?) O'CONNOR. Brother of Daniel O'CONNOR 24397 killed in action 1918 & William also served. Story - see separate file. Of Timaru Main School (teacher?). 1908 Junior Scholarship.


Cenotaph Database [03 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0087703) [04 August 2013]; CWGC [03 August 2013]; Brothers, Lieutenant Michael Bernard (Dick) and Lieutenant Daniel Augustine O'Connor - by Mary Hutching (niece) (copy attached) [per; 04 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 6 May 1918 (Papers Past) [28 November 2013]; SCRoll web submissions from M Hutching, 3 February 2015; Digital copie of letters from Michael Bernard O'Connor to his brothers Jack (20 August 1917) and Patrick (14 October 1917) supplied by M Hutching, 3 February 2015.

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