FLYNN, Bryan
(Service number 35828)

Aliases Bernard on cenotaph Database bur amended to Bryan on Personnel File.
First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 28 August 1884 Place of Birth Ashley, North Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 7 October 1916 Age 32
Address at Enlistment Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin B Flynn (father) 49 Bishop Street, St Albans , Christchurch. NZ
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 23rd ReinforcementsMounted Rifles
Date 19 April 1917
Transport Moeraki
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt, France
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory 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 9 Sept 1919 Reason No longer fit for service due to illness

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Hospitalised several times for a variety of illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 27 April 1966 Age 82
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Waimari Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block RC 49 Plot 4
New Zealand Memorials St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Son of Bryan and Sarah Flynn nee Lynskey. Bryan (senior) emmigrated to New Zealand in January 1863 on the "Chariot of Fame" and ran hotels, incluing Ashley Hotel, Rangiora, Queens, Christchurch, Criterion, and Waimate. He purchased land at Willowbridge in 1906 but sold up and moved back to Christchurch.

Bryan (junior) married Mary Teresa (Minnie Mary) Coughlan on 28 April 1914 who died only a year later on 19 June 1915 in childbirth, and was buried at Temuka Cemetery. Bryan (junior) enlisted under his own name, but was rejected as medically unfit (possibly epliletic with alcoholic tendecies) after serving only 16 days. He then re-enlisted ten days later in Wellington under the name Bernard and was passed as fit.

After the war Bryan returned to New Zealand and married Frances May Joli in 1921.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); New Zealand BDM Historical Records online; Billion Graves at; Paperspast;; Coughlan Family history; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0040921) [01 April 2016]; ; Press, 17 September 1875, 2 November 1881, 1 October 1885, 20 December 1895, 3 April 1918, 8 April 1924, 1 December 1925, New Zealand Tablet, 18 October 1900, Timaru Herald, 6 March 1902, Oamaru Mail, 3 December 1906, Sun, 3 April 1918 (Papers Past) [01 April 2016]; Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [02 April 2016]

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