MEAGHER, Martin Joseph
(Service number 58556)

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Date 16 December 1890 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 25 May 1917 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Gorge Road, Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Emily EDWARDS (mother), Shea's Road, Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 158 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-37½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - small. Vaccinated (right arm). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Right thigh broken 18 years ago. Posture(?) good. 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 30th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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 17 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

General labourer


Date 13 August 1951 Age 60 years
Place of Death In sea at Lake Wainono (from Mayfield Road, Waimate)
Cause Drowning
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Martin Joseph Meagher, born on 18 December 1890 at Waimate, was the third 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. Martin was educated at St Patrick's School, Waimate, where he received a prize for Standard IV arithmetic in February 1903. He was at first rejected as medically unfit for the Military Forces. It seems that Martin came back from the war in not a good state and in 1924 he was a patient in a mental Hospital. It was certified that his condition was caused by or aggravated by Military Service. Consequently he was classed as a "Service Patient" and his maintenance became a charge on the Defence Department. Martin's body was not recovered after he drowned at sea. After the coroner determined that he had drowned, his death was registered in February 1953..


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 July 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5549 0079812) [09 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 13 August 1895, 6 September 1895, 7 March 1898, 11 February 1903, 25 June 1917, The Waimate Advertiser, 6 December 1902, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 11 September 1912, 24 December 1914, 9 May 1917, 5 May 1919, Temuka Leader, 9 December 1902, New Zealand Times, 3 May 1919 (Papers Past) [07, 08 & 09 July 2017]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [07 July 2017]

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