HATHAWAY, Oliver Milson
(Service number 23/1663)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||29 February 1882||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Address at Enlistment||99 Carlton Street, Christchurch|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs E. J. HATHAWAY (mother), 11 Princes Street, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements G Company|
|Date||19 January 1917|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||Reason||No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||25 April 1983||Age||91 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 3, Plot 155|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Oliver Milson HATHAWAY was the son of Felix HATHAWAY and his wife, Jane Young née SCOTT. At the time of enlistment, Oliver was a tram conductor for the Christchurch Tramways.
Oliver's experiences during the war was punctuated with trauma and illness, as the local newspaper the Timaru Herald reported:
"Oliver M. Hathaway, son of Mrs. F. Hathaway, Princess Street, Timaru, who was wounded at the Messines offensive and sent to Brockenhurst hospital, has, according to a cable received, been removed to Hornchurch Convalescent Hospital." (23 July 1917).
"Mrs.E. Hathaway, Princess Street Timaru, has received word that her son, Private O. M. Hathaway, is in the Walton-on-Thames- hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in one arm." (7 January 1919)
Despite these experiences Oliver returned to New Zealand and lived to the age of 91.
Oliver's brother Felix David HATHAWAY also served in WWI.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [01 December 2013]; Memorial Park Cemetery burial records (Christchurch City Council) [26 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 2 June 1915, 30 June 1917, 12 & 23 July 1917, 7 & 23 January 1919 (Papers Past) [26 July 2014]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) ; Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [26 July 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [13 September 2015]; SCRoll web submission by AJ Mabey, 30 October 2021
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