(Service number 27272)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 18 June 1894 Place of Birth Knocknagarton, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 1 June 1916 Age 21 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment Bluecliffs, St Andrews, Canterbury
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John GILSENAN (father), Knocknagarton, Virginia, Ireland.Mr Hugh FITZSIMONDS (friend), Cheviot, North Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 162 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight & hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

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 18th Reiforcements, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Regiment

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 11 July 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of Illness contracted on Active Service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 February 1971 Age 76 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 10 February 1971
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 59, Plot 1517
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michael Gilsenan, born in 1894 at Knocknagarton, County Cavan, Ireland, was the son of John and Mary Gilsenan, of Knockgarton, Ireland. he was at home at Knocknagarton with his parents and siblings in 1901 and 1911. He was probably not long in New Zealand when, on 1 June 1916, he enlisted for war service with the New Zealand forces. He had not registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act of 1909, stating that he was an emigrant. Michael was a fit and healthy young man, working at Bluecliffs. It would be at Bluecliffs that he met Emily Jean McCarthy whose brothers also served in World War One. In 1923 Michael and Emily married. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0045054) [18 August 2015]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 September 2016]; Timaru Herald, 31 May 1916, Evening Post, 28 June 1917, Sun, 11 March 1919, Press, 14 January 1939 (Papers Past) [15 September 2016]; Timaru Herald, 10 February 1971 (Timaru District Library) [16 September 2016]

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