BREEN, Daniel
(Service number 694)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 4 December 1887 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date 21 September 1916 Age 28 years 9 months
Address at Enlistment Glenavy, South Canterbury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Married Mary FAHEY on 12 August 1908 at the Rman Catholic Church, Morven, South Canterbury. Children - James BREEN born 4 February 1910 at Glenavy; John BREEN born 19 March 1913 at Glenavy; Winifred BREEN born 4 February 1916 at Glenavy.
Next of Kin Mrs Mary BREEN (wife), Glenavy, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 6 feet 1¼ inches. Weight 206 lbs. Chest measurement 38-41 inches. Complexion medium. Eyes brown. Hair medium brown. Sight, hearing and colour vision all normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth fairly good. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No fits. "Fit"

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Liberation Date


Date March 31, 1919 Reason Demobilised

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Date * July 1947 Age 60 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Gore Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 67, Plot 4A
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Daniel BREEN, the son of James and Ellen (née SLATTERY) BREEN, was born 4 December 1897 at Oamaru. He was educated privately and at the Redcliffs School in the Waimate district. When he enlisted he was farming at Glenavy. He was attached to G Company 21st. He was promoted to Corporal in early 1917 and served with the D.C.M. Police. He reported that he was on escort duty to Dunedin, and while travelling on Boat Monowai on 16 June 1917 about 9.30am the boat gave a lurch and he fell and hurt his right knee. On 5 November 1917 he was admitted to hospital at Trentham and discharged the next day. In May 1918 it was found that he had osteoarthritis in the right great toe and couldn't march. This was a permanent disability and he was assessed as Class C2. Late 1918 he spent two spells in hospital at Trentham with mild influenza. In 1908 at Morven he married Mary FOLEY, and they had at least three children. In the early 1920s Daniel and Mary and their family moved to Gore. Daniel's brother, Thomas served in World War One.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0017630) [17 July 2015]; Gore Cemetery records [16 July 2015]; School Admission Records (Waimate Branch NZSG) [16 July 2015]; Nz Electoral Rolls ( [20 July 2015]; NZ BDM historical records indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 July 2015]; Oamaru Mail, 2 May 1910, 4 September 1911, 5 January 1914, Timaru Herald, 9 July 1910, 9 August 1911, 21 September 1916, Press, 10 november 1910 (Papers Past) [16 & 20 July 2015]

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