MEAGHER, Francis
(Service number 22109)

Aliases Frank. Enlister as Frank
First Rank Private Last Rank Sapper


Date 20 January 1895 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 9 October 1917 Age 22 years 9 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Emily MEAGHER (mother), Timaru Road, Waimate, NZ; then Doris Beryl MEAGHER (wife), 61 Fraser Street, . . . ., Sydney
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 36-39 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair brown.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Field Engineers

Military Awards

Service Medals British War 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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 October 1968 Age 73 years
Place of Death Wyongah, New South Wales, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis (Frank) Meagher, born on 19 January 1895 at Waimate, was the youngest son of Martin Joseph and Emily (née Hughes) Meagher. His schoolmaster father died in 1895 when Frank was barely seven months old, and his mother remarried in 1899, to Henry Harris Edwards. Frank enlisted - as Frank Meagher - in October 1917 at Sydney, aged 22 years 9 months. He gave initially as his next-of-kin his mother, Emily Edwards, of Waimate. This was subsequently changed to his wife, Doris Beryl née Elliott, whom he married on 19 June 1918 at Marrickville, New South Wales. In 1961 when Frank contaced Army Base Records in Melbourne, he was living at "Waimate", Wyongah, New South Wales. Also in 1961, R. J. Meagher, a nephew of Frank and at the time attached to the Civil Engineering Department of the South Australia Institute of Technology in Adelaide, wrote to the Officer in Charge, Base Records, War Memorial, Canberra, pointing out that an enquiry regarding Frank Meagher had been made some years ago. Frank had served in both World War One and World War Two. R. J. Meagher was asking for the name of frank's second wife and where and when the marriage took place; also whether Frank's daughter, Eileeen born in about 1920, had served in any of the services during WWII. The reply was brief and unhelpful - the information was confidential and could not be divulged. This nephew must be Richard John meagher, a son of Frank's oldes brother James.


Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper (National Archives of Australia, per [07 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 13 August 1895, 6 September 1895, 6 February 1905, 11 September 1911, Evening Star, 29 March 1911, Press, 7 April 1911, Clutha Leader, 7 April 1911, The Waimate Advertiser, 06 September 1911, Waimate Daily Advertsier, 6, 8, 13 & 18 September 1911, 24 December 1914, Oamaru Mail, 07 September 1911, Press, 09 September 1911, New Zealand Herald, 12 September 1911 (Papers Past) [07 & 09 July 2017]; Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December 1937 (Trove) [09 July 2017]; New South Wales Police Gazette, 26 February 1913, 1927 ( [07 July 2017]

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