HANIFIN, Cornelius
(Service number 68528)

Aliases Enlisted as Con (Cenotaph, Archway)
First Rank Private Last Rank Rifleman


Date 14 March 1896 Place of Birth New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 13 September 1917 Age 20 yrs 6 mths
Address at Enlistment City Boarding House, Timaru
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Territorials (still serving)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Bridget HANIFIN (mother), Hepworth, Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 3 inches. Weight 121 lbs. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, Varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Assessed as Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 34th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company
Date 8 February 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 21 October 1919 Reason Consequence of being no longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded in action. September 1918 admitted to hospital in France suffering from gunshot wounds in the right leg and left shoulder. Initially reported as a not severe case.

Post-war Occupations



Date 20 July 1971 Age 73 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cornelius (Con) HANIFIN was a son of Michael (Mick) and Bridget (nee CARR) HANIFIN. His brothers Jeremiah and Owen also served in WWI. Two younger brothers, Michael Joseph HANIFIN and John Joseph HANIFIN, served in WWII. Con was twice Absent Without Leave - in November 1917 at Featherston, when he forfeited 4 days pay, and again in December 1917, at Trentham, when he forfeited a further 10 days pay. Con returned to New Zealand per "Tainui", embarking on 23 September and arriving on 21 October 1919. He was one of 45 returned soldiers who were presented with gold medals at a most memorable gathering organised by the Waitohi Flat Presentation and Memorial Committee and held in the Waitohi schoolroom in November 1919. a enjoyable concert was provided before the returned soldiers, assembled in the front seats, were thanked and welcomed home. All involved were thanked for their kindness and mementoes of the war and the ladies of Waitohi were thanked for the much-valued parcels sent to the front.


Cenotaph Database [24 January 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0050042) [25 July 2014]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery memorial inscription (Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records) [25 July 2014], Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial records (Christchurch City Council Cemetery Records online) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 July 2014]; Press, 18 September 1918, Timaru Herald, 12 September 1918 [x 2], 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [24 & 25 July 2014]

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