O'CONNOR, Maurice John
(Service number 82262)

First Rank Last Rank Corporal


Date 23 June 1888 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 1 October 1917 Age 29 years 2 months
Address at Enlistment N.Z. Railways, Hornby
Occupation Signalman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married Ethel Florence SQUIRE on 22 November 1916 at St Andrews.
Next of Kin Mrs Ethel O'CONNOR (wife), Hornby, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 154 lbs. Chest measurement 33-38 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes grey. Hair dark. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Free from hernia, Varicocele, Varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No notification of consumption. No treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. No absences from work through ill health or accident.

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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Date 22 November 1918 Reason

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Post-war Occupations


Date 17 July 1979 Age
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Maurice John O'CONNOR was the son of John and Mary O'CONNOR. He educated at St Andrews and Springbrook schools. Maurice married Ethel Florence SQUIRE at St Andrews on 22 November 1916. He was listed on the Reserve Rolls in 1916 and then drawn in the ballot in 1917 while employed as a railway porter at Culverden. On 1 October 1917 he was classified medically fit for service beyond the seas. When he enlsted he was working as a signalman for NZ Railways at Hornby. Maurice was demobilised on leave without pay from Trentham on 22 November 1918, after 159 days of service in New Zealand. His brother, Maurice John O'CONNOR, served in New Zealand in WWI and his brother-in-law, Albert Hugh HANSON, also served in WWI.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5349 0087694) [04 December 2014]; School Admission Registers (Waimate Branch NZSG) [04 December 2014]; NZ BDM (DIA historical records) [2014]

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