BYRNE, Eugene Gerald
(Service number 2107)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date *1886 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 23 March 1915 Age 31 years 6 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs K. BYRNE (mother), Andersons Bay, Dunedin
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 15th Battalion
Transport Karoola
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Machine Gun Company

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Days Interned
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 August 1923 Age
Place of Death Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
Notices Evening Star, 22 August 1923; Otago Daily Times, 23 August 1923
Memorial or Cemetery Katoomba Cemetery, Katoomba, New South Wales. Memorial on parents' headstone Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Andersons Bay - Block 3, Plot 51
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Eugene Gerald Byrne, known as Gerald, was born in 1886 at Timaru, the eldest son of Arthur Maginnis and Catherine (née Langan) Byrne. He was probably educated at Invercargill South School and Invercarghill Marist School. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 23 March 1915 at Brisbane, Queensland. A labourer, 31 years 6 months old, and single, he named his mother as nexr-of-kin – Mrs K. Byrne, Andersons Bay, Dunedin. Eugene was a stockman at Bonus Downs, Maranoa, Queensland in 1914. E. G. Byrne was one of the soldiers whosephotographs were published in The Queenslander Pictorial in 1915. He died on 18 August 1923 at Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, and was buried at Katoomba Cemetery, Katoomba, New South Wales, where his grave is marked by a services stone. His death may have been as a consequence of his war service – “For the Empire’s Cause”. He is remembered on his parents’ headstone in Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin. His father had died suddenly in 1912, and his mother in 1946.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 April 2020]; Australia Death Index [13 August 2020]; Australia Electoral Roll ( [15 April 2020]; Andersons Bay Cemetery headstone image (Dunedin City Council) [15 April 2020]; Find A Grave [15 April 2020]; Evening Star, 22 august 1923, Otago Daily Times, 23 August 1923 (Papers Past) [23 April 2020]

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