MEAGHER, Frederick Hughes
(Service number 64900)

Aliases Fred
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 10 December 1888 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 24 August 1917 Age 28 years 8 months
Address at Enlistment Norton Reserve, Waimate
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Emily Hughes MEAGHER (mother), Norton Reserve, Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 157 lbs. Chest measurement 33-37 inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - right eye 6/12, left eye 6/18. Hearing * colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Heart & lungs normal. Illness - operation on nose some months ago. Free from gernia, Varicocele, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicose veins - left leg. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily & mental health. Slight defect - veins, but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. He has ........ Has slight veins below knee left. Class A.

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 33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 31 December 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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 25 August 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 January 1958 Age 69 years
Place of Death Public Hospital, Waimate
Cause Carcinoma posterior wall of pylorus of stomach; congestive heart failure
Notices Timaru Herald, 6 January 1958
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference Roman Catholic Section, Plot 887
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Hughes Meagher, born on 10 December 1888 at Waimate, was the second of the four sons of Martin Joseph and Emily (née Hughes) Meagher. His schoolmaster father died in 1895, and his mother remarried in 1899, to Henry Harris Edwards. Fred was educated at St Patrick's School, Waimate, where he received prizes for Standard VI arithmetic and writing in February 1903. He was initially rejected as unfit for the Military Forces on account of varicose veins.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 July 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0079808) [07 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 6 January 1958 (Timaru District Library) [07 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 13 August 1895, 6 September 1895, 11 February 1903, 7 June 1917, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 24 December 1914, 4 May 1915, 12 September 1917, 05 July 1919, New Zealand Times, 4 July 1919 (Papers Past) [07 & 08 July 2017]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [07 July 2017]; Waimate Cemetery burial records (Waimate District Council) [08 July 2017]; Waimate Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch) [07 July 2017]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [08 July 2017]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [07 July 2017]

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