SULLIVAN, Patrick Joseph
(Service number 6/1993)

Aliases Joseph 
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 21 October 1892 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 14 January 1915 Age 22 yrs 3 mths
Address at Enlistment 34 William St, Timaru
Occupation Plumber
Previous Military Experience A. C. ? Reg.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John SULLIVAN (father), 34 William Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 162 lbs. Chest 34-37 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, Varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate of contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.  

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt. Gallipoli, Western Europe
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
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Liberation Date


Date 25 April 1919 Reason In consequence of being no longer physically fit for war service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

11 June 1915 admitted to a Greek hospital. 27 June 1915 admitted to hospital. 27 September 1915 Malta Hosptal Ship - slightly sick. 2 November 1916 discharged from Hornchurch on leave - daily return. 1 March 1918 discharged to Codford. 14 May 1918 from 3rd N.Z. G. H. Codford to Brockenhurst

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 March 1968 Age 75 yrs
Place of Death late of (?)Bidcombe
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of John and Bridget SULLIVAN. Brother John Burtman SULLIVAN was killed in action in 1916. Another brother, Michael SULLIVAN, also served in WWI. Prior to enlistment he had been rejected for the 1st Expeditionary Force. Like his brother Michael, Patrick Joseph was among the first to enlist. He served throughout the war, from 1914 to 1919, a total of 4 years 102 days (only 124 days not overseas), to be discharged in April 1919 as physically unfit for war service. He embarked on 17 February 1919 from Liverpool for return to New Zealand per Ajana. Several times during his service he fell foul of the authorities - in 1915 he forfeited one day's pay for neglect of duty; in 1917 he forfeited pay for overstaying leave; in 1918 he was deprived of a Stripe for gambling; in 1918 3 days C. B. for being absent from parade.


Cenotaph Database [24 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5553 0110741) [20 April 2014];

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