McGETTIGAN, William John
(Service number 11/2502)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Driver


Date 15 July 1892 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Napier Street, Timaru
Occupation Printer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William McGETTIGAN (father), Napier Street, Timaru
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 Weelington Mounted Rifles, B Squadron
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Field Artillery

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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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 2 July 1971 Age 78 years
Place of Death Palmerston North
Memorial or Cemetery Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery, Levin
Memorial Reference Block 32, Plot 23
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William John McGettigan was born on 15 July 1892 at Timaru, the son of William and Annie Maria (née Bergin) McGettigan. McGettigan left in March 1916 with the Ninth Reinforcements and was never wounded throughout his service in Egypt and France. He went to Germany with the army of occupation, remaining there until the New Zealand troops were sent to England. Driver W. J. McGettigan was in a contingent of South Canterbury soldiers who came from Christchurch by a special train and were welcomed home on 9 May 1919. A great crowd gathered at the station and cheered loudly when they arrived. The soldiers expressed their appreciation to the ladies who gave them fruit and cigarettes. The Mayor congratulated the soldiers on their heroic achievements abroad, thanked them on behalf of the whole community and expressed the hope that they would soon regain their health, before calling for three hearty cheers for them. Mr Craigie, M.P., said that all were proud of what they had done in the struggle for liberty and freedom, and expressed the hope that “they would have many happy years in this prosperous land”.

William married Mona Thelma Mary Clarke in 1924. He died on 2 July 1971 at Palmerston North, aged 78 years, and was buried in Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery, Levin. His wife had died almost 17 years before.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Depratment of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2020]; Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery headstone transcription (Horowhenua Family History Group) [23 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 29 April 1919, 10 May 1919 (Papers Past) [21 & 24 June 2020]

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