McATEER, Charles Joseph
(Service number 63474)

Aliases confused with brother Michael Raymond MCATEER.
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 17 February 1893 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 6 April 1916; 5 May 1917 Age 23 years 2 months
Address at Enlistment Waitohi Flat
Occupation Farmer; farm hand
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - medically unfit. In Trentham Camp medically unfit
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. McATEER (mother), Waitohi, Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 36-38½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 6/9. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Had illness. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left arm). Not good bodily & mental health. Slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Epilepsy. Discharged from Trentham Camp. Class D. "We are of the opinion this man is permanently medically unfit for any Service in N.Z. in connection with or for the purpose of the Present War." Signed George Lyon Lt Col, A. W. Hogg Capt. 5/5/17 Timaru.

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 30th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 November 1950 Age 55 years
Place of Death 61 Marston Road, Timaru (daughter's residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 9 November 1950
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 200, Plot 7
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Joseph McATEER was the son of Michael and Margaret (née Power) McAteer, as was Michael Raymond McAteer whose file is intermingled with that of Charles Joseph..Charles was at first rejected as medically unfit (April 1916). He was discharged from Trentham Camp, suffering from epilepsy. "We are of the opinion this man is permanently medically unfit for any Service in N.Z. in connection with or for the purpose of the Present War." Signed George Lyon Lt Col, A. W. Hogg Capt. 5/5/17 Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0071255) [04 August 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 August 2016]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [04 August 2016]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [03 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 9 November 1950 (Timaru District Library) [04 August 2016]; Temuka Leader, 2 July 1912, 7 August 1913, 13 September 1913, 24 & 26 September 1918, Timaru Herald, 30 August 1913, 13 June 1914, 11 July 1914, 8 August 1914, 5 April 1916, 14 March 1917, 26 September 1917, 3 October 1918, 10 November 1919, Press, 5 August 1914, 14 March 1917, 11 October 1939, Sun, 7 September 1918 (Papers Past) [04 August 2016]

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