(Service number 6/4219)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 8 March 1874 (1875?) Place of Birth Ballinderry, Borisokane, Tipperary, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 16 December 1915 Age 41 years
Address at Enlistment Criterion Hotel, Waimate
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience Leinster Regiment (S. African War) - 2 years 4 months
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Joe CLANCY (brother), Borrisorane, County Tipperary, Ireland; Peter Burns (friend), Morven, New Zealand
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 11th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
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 13 December 1917 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 June 1950 Age 75 years
Place of Death Ireland
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Clancy was born on 8 March 1874 in Ireland, according to his Personnel file. It appears that he was born on 8 February 1875 at Ballinderry, Borisokane (Nenagh), Tipperary, Ireland, to Thomas Clancy and Jane née Dowling (or Doolan). On enlistment with the New Zealnad forces, John noted that he had served in the South African War for two years 4 months with the Leinster Regiment. John Clancy enlisted with the 100th Foot (Leinsters) on 31 March 1898 at Birr, Ireland. He was then single, 23 years old, and born at Ballinderry, Borisokane, Tipperary, Ireland.

By 1914, John Clancy was a farm labourer at Morven. He may have been a labourer at Elderslie near Oamaru in 1911. Enlisting on 16 December 1915 at Trentham, he named his brother as next-of-kin – Joe Clancy, Borrisorane, County Tipperary, Ireland. Joseph was born about 1886 in County Tipperary. In 1901 he was a carpenter (like his father Thomas and brother George), living at home at Nenagh, Tipperary, with his parents (Thomas and Jane), sister Ellen and brother George. Joseph was still at Nenagh in 1911, with his widowed mother Jane and brother George. John also named a friend – Peter Burns, Morven, New Zealand. Peter Burns was his employer. John was a labourer, single and Roman Catholic, his address being Criterion Hotel, Waimate.

Private J. Clancy embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 11th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington for Suez, Egypt, on 1 April 1916. In a lengthy hospital report published on 1 June 1917, J. Clancy, 6/4219, was listed as a severe case but doing well. Embarking at Avonmouth per the “Maheno” on 8 August 1917, John Clancy was in a batch of soldiers from the front which reached Wellington on 18 September 1917. “The Mayor (Mr G. Dash) has been advised by the Defence Office that Private Loper, of Waimate, and Private Clancy, of Morven, are due to arrive at Lyttelton per troopship on Wednesday, and should reach Waimate by the express that day.” [Waimate Daily Advertiser. 17 September 1917.] Clancy had suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand which resulted in permanent disability. His intended address was Studholme Junction, Canterbury, New Zealand. He was discharged on 13 December 1917. From April 1916 the name of J. Clancy appeared regularly on the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of Honour under the sub-title of Answered the Call.



In our report of the welcome social held at Morven on 15tli inst, we had not the names of the men honoured on that occasion. This is the complete list of names: —

Medals presented to next of kin of the following men who gave their lives, for the Empire: . . . . . .

The following returned men received medals as tokens of honour from Morven residents: . . . . . , J. Clancy, . . . . .” [Waimate Daily Advertiser, 19 May 1919.] The whole of the people of Morven and surrounding districts had turned out to welcome home returned soldiers. The hall, which had been tastefully decorated, was packed by eight o’clock, “late comers being unable to gain admission”. A short concert – musical items, Scotch recitations – preceded the welcome addresses and presentation of medals. The presentation of medals to the next-of-kin of eighteen local boys who had made the supreme sacrifice, was very solemn. “As a bereaved mother, or a sorrowing yet proud father came forward to receive the district’s token of honour and sympathy, one was forced to realise the tragedy of war.” Supper – for some five hundred people – followed and the “inevitable dance”.

John Clancy was still in the Waimate area in 1926. He died on 30 June 1950 in Ireland. His death was registered at Thurles, Tipperary, his age given as 75 years.


Auckland War Memorial Museumm Cenotaph Database [04 July 2022]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [15 July 2022]; Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Militia Attestation Papers ( [15 July 2022]; Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms ( [15 July 2022]; 1901 & 1911 Ireland census returns for brother Joseph (per [15 July 2022]; Ireland Death registration ( [15 July 2022]; Dominion, 1 June 1917, 18 September 1917, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 19 April 1916, 17 September 1917, 30 May 1918, 19 May 1919, 21 September 1926, Timaru Herald, 22 May 1919, 7 June 1922 (Papers Past) [18 September 2019; 05 & 15 July 2022]

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