DAILY, Francis James
(Service number 36804)

Aliases Known as Frank
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Lance-Corporal


Date 1 June 1896 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 20 September 1916 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment 248 Manchester Street, Christchurch
Occupation Fruiterer
Previous Military Experience B Company, 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary Jane DAILY (mother), 248 Manchester Street, Christchurch; later Clifford House, Featherston
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealad Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, G Company (part)
Date 5 April 1917
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 June 1978 Age 82 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Purewa Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 8, Row 5, Plot 101
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis James Daily, known as Frank, was born on 1 June 1896 at Temuka, the youngest son of John Joseph and Mary Jane (née Burton) Daily. Frank was educated at Temuka Primary School.

He enlisted on 20 September 1916, naming his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Mary Jane Daily, 248 Manchester Street, Christchurch. She was later at Clifford House, Featherston. He was a fruiterer for the Farmers’ Co-op at Temuka but went to Christcurch to enlist. Frank was already serving with B Company, 2nd South Canterbury Regiment.

Sergeant F. J. Daily embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade per the “Devon” on 5 April 1917. In January 1918, word was received that Sergeant F. J. Daily, 24th Reinforcements, had been seriously wounded in the right shoulder and face on 7 January. He had been on the Administration Staff in England unril November 1917 when he proceeded to France. Lance-Corporal F. J. Daily, 56804, of Featherston, returned to New Zealand by Draft No. 175 which was due in New Zealand in September 1918. After returning from the Front he spent a few days in February 1919 with his oldest brother, Fredercik Daily, at Temuka.

Frank Daily married Margery Walding in 1922; they divorced in 1947. Francis James Daily died on 4 June 1978, of Titirangi, aged 82, and was buried with his mother in Purewa Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 September 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [12 September 2021]; Purewa Cemetery headstone image ]12 September 2021]; Temuka Leader, 24 January 1918, 11 February 1919, Press, 31 January 1918, Evening Post, 7 September 1918 (Papers Past) [12 September 2021]

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