CAVANAGH, Sylvester Bartholomew
(Service number 58983)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 1 October 1891 Place of Birth Invercargill

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A. BAMPTON (mother), Pleasant Point
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 16 November 1917
Transport RMS Tahiti
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 February 1955 Age 63 years
Place of Death Southland Hospital, Kew, Invercargill
Memorial or Cemetery Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill
Memorial Reference Soldiers Avenue, Block 2, Plot 157
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Sylvester Bartholomew Cavanagh was the son of William and Jane Elizabeth (née Anthony) Cavanagh. Some years after his father's death in 1904, his mother married Alfred Bampton. Sylvester was living at Pleasant Point, perhaps with his mother, when he was called up. On 25 June 1917, he left with men from the South Canterbury military district for camp. His brother, Thomas Norman Cavanagh was killed in action in France in 1917.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 October 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 October 2019]; Eastern Cemetery headstone image (Invercargill City Council) [25 October 2019]; Timaru Herald, 25 June 1917 (Papers Past) [15 May 2014]

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