HANIFIN , Patrick
(Service number 32334)

Aliases HANIFAN on Cenotaph Database
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 5 March 1890 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 27 July 1916 Age 26 yrs 4 mths
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. HANIFAN (mother), Fairlie, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 147 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Eyes - right 18, left 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, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. 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 4th 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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded 6 May 1918

Post-war Occupations



Date 22 December 1953 Age 63 yrs
Place of Death Dunedin (of Temuka)
Notices Timaru Herald, 23 December 1953
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 235, Plot 586
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Patrick HANIFIN was a son of Cornelius and Julia (nee LUCY) HANIFIN. He attended Seadown School. His twin brother Cornelius HANIFIN (32335) also served in WWI, and another brother, Michael HANIFIN, also enlisted. Shortly before embarking for the Front and while on final leave, Patrick had the honour of giving away his sister Mary in 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 returned home in March 1919 with Draft 224. In April 1919 he was welcomed home at a highly successful social in the Fairlie Public Hall, where his sister provided music. He and Private Coll were escorted with much cheering to the stage where they were addressed and mention was made of their families' exceedingly good war record. Patrick thanked the gathering for its fine welcome. Patrick's funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church, Temuka. Temuka RSA members paraded in his honour at the Temuka Cemetery. His twin Cornelius was later buried in the same plot. In January 1919 Patrick was found to have defective vision, which had been the case before the War but had become worse in the last 4 months and had been aggravated by Active Service. He was unable to see targets when doing shooting. His right eye was 6/60, with glasses 6/18; his left eye was 6/12, with glasses 6/12.


Cenotaph Database [24 July 2014]; Headstone image & burial record Temuka Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 23 December 1953 (Timaru District Library) [25 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA historical records) [24 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 12 October 1916, 28 October 1916, 28 May 1918, 12 March 1919, 17 April 1919, Otago Daily Times, 28 May 1918 (Papers Past) [24 January 2014; 24 & 25 July 2014]

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