FAHEY, Michael
(Service number 38946)

Aliases Enlisted as Mick. Died as Michael Francis
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 31 December 1896 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 25 September 1916 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Glenavy
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment Infantry D Company
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Julia FAHEY (mother), Glenavy, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6½ inches. Weight 9 stone. Chest measurement 31-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight normal, both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both nowmal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all 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 slight defects. No fits. Fit.

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 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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 25 March 1919 Reason On account of wounds received in action (gunshot wound left arm).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 February 1969 Age 73 years
Place of Death Home of Compassion, Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 5 February 1969
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 180, Plot 637
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michael FAHEY was the son of Bryan FAHEY and his wife, Johanna (Julia) née PURCELL, who had both came to new Zealand from County Galway, Ireland. Known as Mick, which name he used on enlistment, he was born on 31 December 1896 at Waimate and baptised on 24 January 1897 in the Waimate Catholic Parish. Mick attended the Tawai School. His father died tragically in December 1904, drowning in the Waitaki River, and left a young widow with nine children and a tenth unborn. Mick's brother-in-law, Richard YESBERG, also served in the First World War, before he married Norah Fahey.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 June 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0038713) [29 June 2016]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [27 June 2016]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [27 June 2016]; Timaru Herald, 10 December 1904, Otago Witness, 14 December 1904, Sun, 13 March 1918 (Papers Past) [27 June 2016]; Timaru Herald, 5 February 1969 (Timaru District Library) [29 June 2016]; Baptism record index (Christchurch Catholic Diocese CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [17 July 2016]

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