HANIFIN, Jeremiah
(Service number 70939)

Aliases Jerry
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 25 August 1897 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 12 October 1917 Age 20 yrs 2 mths
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. No children at enlistment date.
Next of Kin Mrs J. HANIFIN (wife), Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 2 inches. Weight 126 lbs. Chest measurement 33-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No notification for consumption. No treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Never discharged from H. M. Service. Never absent from work through ill health or accident.

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 38th Reinforcements A Company
Date 5 June 1918
Transport Remuera
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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 17 September 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 9 July 1966 Age 68 yrs
Place of Death Timaru (of Temuka)
Notices Timaru Herald, 11 July 1966
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 251, Plot 1024
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Jeremiah HANIFIN was a son of Michael and Bridget (nee CARR) HANIFIN. His brothers Con HANIFIN (68528) and Owen HANIFIN also served in WWI. Two younger brothers, Michael Joseph HANIFIN and John Joseph HANIFIN, served in WWII. Jerry was educated at st Joseph's Convent School, Temuka, where he received a prize while in the Infants class in 1908. Jerry married Ruby Margaret COTTERILL in 1917. They had two sons (Kevin and Cecil) and two daughters (Leila and Remona). His funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church, Temuka, after which he was interred in the Temuka Cemetery where the Temuka RSA members attended. Jeremiah 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]; Headstone image & burial record Temuka Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 11 July 1966 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 23 December 1908, 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [25 July 2014]

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