McGILLEN, John Joseph
(Service number 11712)

Aliases enlisted as McGILLAN
First Rank Lance-Corporal Last Rank


Date 21 April 1890 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 16 December 1915 Age 25 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment Alexandra Street, Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs B. McGILLAN (McGILLEN) (mother), Alexandra Street, Temuka
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 175 lbs. Chest measurement 36¼-39¾ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 5/5. Hearing very good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full & pewrfectmovement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth - requires dental treatment. Illness - rheumatic fever aged 5 years. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. Slight defect but not sufficient to cause rejection - right elbow. No fits. Flexion of right elbow limited owing to fracture of lower enfd of humerus at age of 4. Other movements normal.

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 12th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 May 1916
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Vicotry 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 12 August 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of Injury Sustained on Active Service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 November 1946 Age 56 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 203, Plot 692
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Joseph McGillen was the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget (née Scully) McGillen. His bothers, Michael and William Peter, also served in World War one.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 March 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0073288) [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]

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