McCABE, Joseph
(Service number 7/1260)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 18 November 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Avonhead Road, Upper Riccarton
Occupation Groom
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary Ann McCABE (mother), care of Mrs Lee, Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 August 1915
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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No information

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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 10 June 1969 Age 74 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference RSA Plot 39
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph McCabe was the son of Mary Ann McCabe. He may have been born on 28 November 1894 at Timaru, to Mary McCabe (no record of a father). Mary Ann Clancy had married Edward McCabe in in 1868 at Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland. In 1874 Edward, Mary and two daughters emigrated to New Zealand, the younger daughter dying at sea. They had four more children born at Waimate, but no Joseph. In the Timaru Magistrate's Court in February 1886, Edward McCabe was charged with deserting his wife andchildren on 10 December 1884. He was sentenced to one month in prison. He had returned to Waimate with the connivance of his wife, who was in receipt of charitable aid. He was actually arrested in the house. A warranr for arrest had been taken out a year previously but he could not be found untilthis occasion. Mrs McCabe said that there were five children. Her husband had gone away to look for work. In March 1902 Edward McCabe drowned, accidentally, while crossing the Hinds River. He was buried at Mount Somers. Mrs Mary Ann McCabe died in 1939 and was buried at Waimate.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 July 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs; Timaru Herald, 23 February 1886, 27 March 1902, 10 March 1904, South Canterbury Times (Papers Past); Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Ashburton District Council) [28 July 2019]

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