SULLIVAN , Victor Joseph
(Service number 28557)

Aliases Vic
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 11 March 1897 Place of Birth Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Jane SULLIVAN (mother), Albury
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 9th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Messines
Service Medals
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

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.  

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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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