SUGRUE, Michael
(Service number 63056)

Aliases Michael James, Mick
First Rank Private Last Rank Gunner


Date 16 July 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 30 July 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment C/o F. W. Burson, Waihaorunga
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. SUGRUE (mother), William street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 10 stone 2 lbs. Chest measurement 30½-34½ inches. Complexion medium. Eyes blue. Hair medium brown. Sight normal - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good & sufficient. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Never been vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No fits. Large brown birth-mark 5" x 3", irregularly oval, on inner surface of left thigh.

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 32nd Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery

Military Awards

Service Medals British War 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 26 March 1919 Reason In consequence of being no longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service (Chronic Pulmonary disease).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

8 January 1918 - hospitalised with Bronchitis. Moved to Codford in February 1918; Hospitalised April 1918, in the Military hospital, Aberdeen, with Influenza

Post-war Occupations


Date 22 November 1974 Age 77 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 23 November 1974
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 150, Plot 1460
New Zealand Memorials St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Michael SUGRUE was the youngest son of Irish-born Michael and Julia (née CRONIN) SUGRUE who married in 1882. Michael was baptised Catholic on 7 August 1897 at Timaru. When Michael enlisted he stated that no one was entirely dependent on him but that his parents were partially dependent.

After the war Michael married Jean Sarah Feeley (aka Sarah Jane) in 1927. The couple are buried together and their headstone notes the death of twin sons, William and Joseph who died in 1941.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5553 0110634) [11 September 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 July 2014]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [29 July 2014]; Headstone image fromTimaru District Council Cemetery Database online at [29 July 2014]; Timaru Herald, 23 November 1974 (Timaru District Library) [2015]; Baprism Index (Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [10 January 2016]

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Researched and Written by

Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG

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