CADDEN, Matthew
(Service number 27216)

Aliases Enlisted as Mathew
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 13 December 1876 Place of Birth Ryfield, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bluecliffs
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin J. CADDEN (brother), Bally Durrow, Ryefield, P.O.., Virginia, County Cavann, Ireland; also Jane FRASER (friend), St Andrews, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
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 17th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 25 September 1916
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

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No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wounds to right hand with laceration (permanent disability)

Post-war Occupations



Date 8 February 1974 Age 98 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 1E, Plot 404
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Matthew Cadden was tthe son of Matthew and Catherine (née Gilshenan) Cadden, of County Cavan, Ireland. Matthew's father died when he was only eleven years old. At noon on 31 May 1916, South Canterbury’s quota of the 17th Reinforcements was entertained at dinner in Stafford Tea Rooms by the lady members of the South Canterbury War Relief Society. The soldiers assembled at the Drill Hall at 3.30 pm to be farewelled by the Mayor before leaving on the north-going express. In this quota was M. Cadden. Private Cadden suffered permanent disablity through gunshot wounds with laceration to his right hand.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2019]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, headstone transcription [12 September 2019]; Timaru Herald, 31 May 1916 (Papers Past) [17 October 2015]

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