McGILLEN, William Peter
(Service number 36472)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Warrant Officer Class Two|
|Date||21 June 1893||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Date||20 September 1916||Age||23 years 3 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Alexandra Street, Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience||B Company 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - serving|
|Next of Kin||Mrs B. McGILLEN, Alexandra Street, Temuka|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 150 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth bad. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Scar on fron of right leg dued to injury 4 years ago.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements, G Company|
|Date||19 January 1917|
|Embarked From||Destination||Plymouth, Devon, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Army Service Corps|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
|Military Awards||Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)|
Award Circumstances and Date
London Gazette, 3 June 1919. On 26th October 1918 in fron of Le Quesnoy. He took his Lewis gun and five men to a forward position, from which he broke up several attempts by the enemy to counter attack. He stuck to his advanced position and, though isolated, held on till he was relieved thirty-six hours later. On 4th November he personally rushed ahouse and killed five enemy with a bomb and captured fourteen more.
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||25 August 1919||Reason||On termination of period of engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||11 February 1982||Age||88 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Herald, 13 February 1982|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 244, Plot 991|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William Peter McGillen was the second son of Patrick and Bridget (née Scully) McGillen. His bothers, John Joseph and Michael, 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 0073290) [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, 13 February 1982 (Timaru District Council) [22 March 2017]
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