KANE, Patrick John
(Service number 23/470)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 31 December 1887 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age 27
Address at Enlistment Railway station, Waikari
Occupation Civil servant
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Anthony KANE (father), Craigie Avenue, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship B Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt, Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, 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 12 October 1917 Reason Medically unfit due to wounds received

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railway worker


Date 27 November 1950 Age 62 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 93, Plot 274A
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Patrick Kane was born in Timaru on 31 December 1887 to Anthony and Mary Kane (nee Keane) of Craigie Avenue. He was the couple's fifth son (of six children).

Patrick was a civil servant upon his enlistment, employed at the railway station in Waikar. He was aged 27, a Roman Catholic and single. He was enrolled as a rifleman in the 1st NZ Rifle Brigade, B Company. He embarked at Wellington on 9 October 1915 bound for Suez and Egypt. He served in Egypt and on the Western Front, being wounded in action in France on 15 September 1916. Subsequently he was discharged on 12 October 1917 as no longer medically fit due to wounds received. For his service he was awarded 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

Following the war Patrick married Ivy Mary Murfitt, second daughter of Mr and the late Mrs Henry Murfitt of Rangiora at St Mary’s RC Church, Rangiora on 27 October 1920. His brother, Rev Father Kane SM assisted with the ceremony.

Patrick enlisted for the Home Guard during the Second World War in July 1940 when he was 52. At that time he was a railway worker living at 23 James St. He died on 3 December 1950 at Greymouth aged 61 and is buried in Timaru Cemetery with his wife Mary.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 January 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 January 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [18 January 2016]; Press, 29 May 1915, Timaru Herald, 29 & 30 September 1916, 31 October 1916, 1 November 1916, 20 & 23 November 1920, Southland Times, 30 September 1916, Evening Star, 30 September 1916, Sun, 12 August 1917, Press, 17 January 1920, 2 December 1920 (Papers Past) [17 & 18 January 2016]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [18 January 2016]

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