(Service number 53002)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 17 January 1892 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Sifert Coy., Shannon. Post Office Hotel, Palmerston North
Occupation Labourer (Sifert Coy.)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs B. HANIFIN (mother), Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4 inches. Weight 143 lbs. Chest measurement 34-39 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight, hearing, Colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. Some slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Deemed Class A. Scar on left side of neck and face.

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 27th Reinforcements F Company
Date 16 July 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 14 April 1919 Reason Termination of his period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Reported that he was wounded on 5 September 1918 and admitted to hospital in France on 7 September, suffering from gunshot wound in right leg and arm. Admitted to No. 1 NZ General Hospital with gun shot wound received on 18 September 1918.

Post-war Occupations



Date 25 September 1973 Age 81 yrs
Place of Death Timaru (of Temuka)
Notices Timaru Herald, 27 September 1973
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 180, Plot 619
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Owen HANIFIN was a son of Michael and Bridget (nee CARR) HANIFIN. His brothers Con and Jeremiah HANIFIN also served in WWI, both predeceasing Owen; all three were at the front at the same time. Two younger brothers, Michael Joseph HANIFIN and John Joseph HANIFIN, served in WWII. Owen returned to New Zealand per "Ruahine", embarking at London on 8 December 1918. He was granted sick-leave from 23 January till 29 January 1919. Owen, who never married, died in 1973. His funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church, Temuka, followed by burial in the Temuka Cemetery, attended by members of the Temuka RSA. Owen 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 0050046) [25 July 2014]; Headstone image & burial record Temuka Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 23 September 1918, 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [25 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 27 September 1973 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 January 2014; 24 July 2014]

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