HANIFIN, Cornelius
(Service number 32335)

Aliases HANIFAN on Cenotaph Database
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 5 March 1890 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age 26 years 4 mths
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs J. HANIFAN (mother), Fairlie, S. Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 145 lbs. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Right eye 24, left eye 6. Hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhods, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

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 10th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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No information

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Liberation Date


Date 4 February 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for war service.

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Post-war Occupations



Date 15 July 1964 Age 74 yrs
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 16 July 1964
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 235, Plot 586
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

This Cornelius HANIFIN was a son of Cornelius and Julia (nee LUCY) HANIFIN. He attended Seadown School. His twin brother Patrick HANIFIN also served in WWI, and another brother Michael HANIFIN, enlisted. Shortly before embarking for the Front and while on final leave, Cornelius had the honour of being groomsman at his sister Mary's marriage to Michael Gallen, in Fairlie on 16 October 1916. After a period of training at Featherston and Trentham, Patrick, his twin Cornelius, and two other men were to be farewelled at a patriotic send-off in the Fairlie Public Hall in October 1916. He was probably a cousin of the other Cornelius (Con) HANIFIN who served. The next-of-kin of Cornelius at his death was his sister Annie. Cornelius's funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church, Temuka. Temuka RSA members assembled at the Temuka Cemetery. Cornelius returned to New Zealand as a nurse in a draft of invalided soldiers, arriving at Lyttelton on 6 January 1918. In January 1918 he was among half a dozen returned men at one of the brightest socials held since the war began in the Fairlie Public Hall. Occupying seats on the stage, they were addressed and accorded a very hearty welcome home, and thanked for their part in the great war, with special note made of the hardships, sacrifices and sufferings they had endured. Cornelius and two fellow returned servicemen were also welcomed home by friends at a gathering at Mr J. B. O'Connor's residence, "Mona Villa", Fairlie, in early February 1918, when there were speeches, good wishes for the future, musical items and the singing of the National Anthem.


Cenotaph Database [24 July 2014]; Headstone image & burial record Temuka Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 16 & 17 July 1964 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 12 October 1916, 28 October 1916, 7 Janaury 1918, 22 January 1918, 6 February 1918 (Papers Past) [24 & 25 July 2014; 01 September 2014]

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