McGILLAN, Michael
(Service number 6/1358)

Aliases McGILLAN in Nominal Rolls; McGILLEN in Archives NZ
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 31 December 1894 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 20 October 1914 Age 19 years 9 months
Address at Enlistment John Street. Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Bridget McGILLAN (McGILLEN) (mother), John Street, Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8⅛ inches. Weight 152 lbs. Chest measurement 31-33½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair light brown. Sight - both eyes 20/24. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan (Gallipoli); Egyptian
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 7 September 1916 Reason No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wound right arm

Post-war Occupations


Date 7 March 1961 Age 67 years
Place of Death Timaru
Cause Service with the Forces
Notices Timaru Herald, 8 March 1961
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 200, Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michael McGillen was the youngest son of Patrick and Bridget (née Scully) McGillen. Michael enlisted soon after the outbreak of war. His stated age was 27 years 10 months - quite at variance with his given birthdate. He was in fact only 19 years 9 months old. His bothers, John Joseph and William Peter, also served in World War one. On 15 March 1961 the War Pensions Board decided that his death was due to his service with the Forces.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 March 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0073289) [12 March 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 March 2017]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [06 March 2017]; Roman Catholic Baptisms Timaru (Christchurch Diocese CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [12 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 8 March 1961 (Timaru District Library) [21 March 2017]

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