(Service number 23/532)

Aliases Alternative spelling for surname - NELIGAN
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 2 February 1876 Place of Birth Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 29 May 1915 Age 39 years
Address at Enlistment Gladstone Hotel, Maclaggan Street
Occupation Labourer (N.Z. Government Railways)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin F. NELLIGAN (brother), Pleasant Point, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38 inches. Complexion medium. eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight - both eys 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both good. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth satisfactory. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No distinctive marks or marks indicating congenital pecularities or previous diseas. Fit.

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 Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; 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 13 May 1917 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of Wounds received in Action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wound left arm, paralysis of hand

Post-war Occupations

Tally clerk


Date 19 April 1948 Age 73 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 20 April 1948
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 106. Plot 1
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Timothy Nelligan was born in Abbey-faele, County Limerick, Ireland on 2 February 1876, to Francis and Catherine Nelligan (nee Nolan).

Timothy's brother Francis also resided in New Zealand by the time of the First World War, and likely other brothers - Daniel, and Michael. He was working in South Canterbury as a labourer when he enlisted on 10 February 1915. He gave his next of kin as his brother Francis Nelligan, publican at Nelligan’s Railway Hotel, Pleasant Point. Timothy was described as 38 years old, single, Roman Catholic, 5ft 7in, 140lb, medium complexion, with grey eyes. He gave his address as the Gladstone Hotel, Maclaggan Street, Dunedin, and his last employer as the NZ Government Railways.

Timothy was attested on 29 May 1915 and embarked at Wellington on 9 October as a rifleman with B Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion. Nelligan took part in the Gallipoli and Western Front campaigns. In September 1916 in France he received a gunshot wound to his left arm, and sent to England to recover. He was discharged on 13 May 1917 as no longer physically fit for duty with ongoing paralysis in his left hand as a result of his wounds. He had served one year 350 days. He received British War Medal, Victory Medal, and 1914-1915 Star for his service.

In the 1925 electoral roll Timothy Nelligan was listed as gaving become a tally clerk living at 1 Barnard St, Timaru. He died 24 April 1948 and is buried in Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0085612) [14 August 2016]; Temuka Leader, 4 November 1902, Otago Daily Times, 31 May 1915, 12 October 1915, 12 December 1916, Timaru Herald, 2 October 1916, 22 December 1916, 7 November 1917, 13 December 1917, Star, 18 November 1916 (Papers Past) [13 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 20 April 1948 (Timaru District Library) [15 August 2016]; SCRoll web submission by C O'Keefe, 24 July 2021

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