(Service number 19/271)

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Date 13 May 1881 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs R. SULLLIVAN (wife), Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Samoan Relief Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Infantry
Date 27 March 1915
Transport Talune
Embarked From Auckland Destination Apia, Samoa
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Last Unit Served With

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Post-war Occupations



Date 7 May 1936 Age 53 yrs
Place of Death Waimate
Cause Accident
Notices Timaru Herald, 8 May 1936
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot 000482
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Fourth son of George and Mary SULLIVAN. Brother of Humphrey Burgeim SULLIVAN who also served in WWI. At the age of 18, he served in the Boer War; in the Great War he drove an ambulance in Samoa. Richard married Helen Frances SHIRLEY n 1903, and had seven daughters. He was educated at St Joseph's School, Waimate, and, on leaving school, was apprenticed as a blacksmith before becoming a bricklayer. He was involved in many local activities and was an enthusiastic sportsman, with a particular interest in shooting, boxing and wrestling.  


Cenotaph Database [26 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 8 & 9 May 1936, 12 May 1936 (Timaru District Library) [22 April 2014; 24 April 2014]

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