HUGHAN, Gordon
(Service number 34683)

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Date 21 August 1864 Place of Birth Taieri Beach, near Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment P. O. Cave
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs G. HUGHAN (wife), Taieri Beach, Otago; later No. 16 Butler, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

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 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
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Post-war Occupations



Date 16 May 1941 Age 76 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 19A, Plot 57
New Zealand Memorials Cave War Memorial - Those who offered their lives by serving overseas

Biographical Notes

Gordon Hughan was the eldest son of Thomas and Betsy (née Macintosh) Hughan. He married Helena Maud Carrington in 1888 at Waihola, Otago. His son born of this marriage was Thomas Lawrence Hughan, who was killed in action in France in 1918 and is remembered on the Cave War Memorial. Helena died in 1896 and Gordon married secondly Catherina Marguereta Joseph in 1897 at Waihola. Gordon was 52 years old when he embarked with the troops, although he had put his age down on enlisting. By that time he had eight children, many of them adults. Gordon and Catherine spent a few years in Australia in the early 1900s. From there they settled at Cave. Frederick Hanry Hughan, a son of the second marriage, was called up for World War I service. Some of their sons were drawn in ballots for World War II.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 April 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 April 2019]; Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, headstone transcription [23 April 2019]

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