COURTNEY, Patrick Anthony
(Service number 78745)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 11 December 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Gleniti, Timaru
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience South Canterbury Regiment Territorials - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs E. COURTNEY (mother), Glen-iti, 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 40th Reinforcements, A Company
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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

Traffic inspector; hotel manager


Date 11 March 1954 Age 56 years
Place of Death Wellington
Memorial or Cemetery Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Roman Catholic 2 Section, Plot 485 B
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Patrick Anthony Courtney was born on 11 December 1897 at Timaru, the fourth and youngest son of John and Ellen (née Keane) Courtney. Patrick was educated at Fairview and Gleniti schools before going to the Timaru Marist Brothers School in 1910. He was a labourer residing at home when he enlisted, naming his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs E. Courtney, Glen-iti, Timaru. Lance Corporal P. A. Courtney embarked with the 40thy Reinforcements per the “Tahiti” on 10 July 1918, headed for Plymouth, England. He returned to New Zealand by the “Cordoba” which was expected at Wellington on 30 August 1919.

Patrick married Agnes Lena Johnson in 1924; they divorced in 1936/ He married Vena Dorothea Ruth Kirby n 1936; they divorced in 1943. He then married, in 1945, Colleen Aileen Spriggens who survived him. After the war he lived in Hamilton where he was a traffic inspector and for some years in Wellington where he was a hotel manager.

Patrick Anthony Courtney died pm 11 March 1954 at Wellington, aged 56 years, and was buried in Karori Cemetery. His brother James, who also served with the New Zealand Forces, was awarded the Military Cross.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 August 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [08 August 2021]; Karori Cemetery headstone transcription [08 August 2021]; Karori Cemetery burial record (Wellington City Council) [09 August 2021]; NZ Times, 12 August 1919 (Papers Past) [07 August 2021]

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