BRENNAN, Francis
(Service number 49591)

Aliases Frank
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 25 March 1881 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date 1 March 1917 Age 35 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment Makikihi
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin F. BRENNAN (father), North-east Valley, Dunedin
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 143 lbs. Chest measurement 36¼-38¼ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair dark. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (right arm). Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A. Moderate degree flat foot.

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 26th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 9 June 1917
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date 26 August 1919 Reason On account of wounds received in Action

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

4 September 1917: Gun shot wound to right arm, left leg.

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 November 1967 Age 86 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 126, Plot 6
New Zealand Memorials Roll of Honour (as a rteturned serviceman), Upper Junction School, Dunedin (destroyed by fire in 1945)

Biographical Notes

Francis BRENNAN, known as Frank, was born on 25 March 1881 at Dunedin, the son of Irish born Francis and Jane (née KELLEHER) BRENNAN.

Margaret Vuleta commented that Frances, who farmed at St Andrews, was wounded by shrapnel and, as a result, always used a walking stick.


Cenotaph Database [09 September 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 11805 W5520 0017704) [10 September 2014]; ; NZ BDM historical records indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 September 2014]; Timaru Herald, 13, 14, 20 & 24 March 1917, Otago Daily Times, 12 May 1917, 21 January 1919, 2 June 1920 (Papers Past) [10 September 2014; 16 July 2015]; School Admission Records (Dunedin Branch NZSG) [10 September 2014]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [11 September 2014]; SCRoll web submission from M Vuleta, 16 August 2015; "Upper Junction" on the Dunedin Family History Group website at (28 August 2015)

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