SULLIVAN , Victor Joseph
(Service number 28557)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||11 March 1897||Place of Birth||Pleasant Point|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Jane SULLIVAN (mother), Albury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company|
|Date||11 October 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Seriously wounded by a German grenade during the Battle of Messines. Wounded on 19 May 1917 at Messines; admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital on 23 May 1917, suffering from shrapnel wound to right thigh. Admitted to Brockenhurst Hospital in July 1917.
|Date||28 May 1984||Age||87 yrs|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 30 & 31 May 1984|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 151, Plot 1601|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of John & Jane (nee DAY) SULLIVAN of Albury. Brother John Arthur SULLIVAN also served in WWI. Educated at Te Ngawai and Albury schools. Vic married Eileen ANGLAND in 1935; they had five sons and three daughters. He and others were farewelled at the Albury Public Hall in September 1916; Vic replied on behalf of the departing soldiers and thanked the speakers for their complimentary remarks and handsome presents. He was already in France when he celebrated his 19th birthday. His true age was made known when he was recuperating in an English hospital in 1917 and the surgeon happened to have been the family doctor back home in South Canterbury. After the war Vic continued his role in the army and spent several months with the New Zealand contingent attached to the army of occupation in Germany. he was a keen member of the RSA and was active in establishing a branch at Albury. He was made a life member of the Mackenzie RSA.
Centotaph Database [24 August 2013]; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [24 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 19 September 1916, 1 June 1917, 7 June 1917, 23 July 1917 (Papers Past) [04 & 05 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 30 & 31 May 1984 (Timaru District Library) [22 April 2014]
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