DALY, John Cuthbert
(Service number 3/2699)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 31 May 1893 Place of Birth Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Enlistment Information

Date 26 July 1916 Age 23 years
Address at Enlistment Glenavon, Sarah Street, Timaru
Occupation Bank clerk
Previous Military Experience No 6? MFA - serving
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Minnie MATHESON (aunt), care of C.P.O., Auckland
Religion Church of England
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 19th Reinforcements, New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Medical Corps

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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 31 December 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 18 June 1955 Age 62 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Crematorium, Auckland
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Cuthbert Daly was born on 31 May 1893 at Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of John Joseph and Emily (née Potter) Daly. He was baptised on 6 December 1906 at St Peter’s, Liverpool, the family living at Mount Pleasant. In 1901 John was in Liverpool with his widowed mother and widowed maternal grandmother. John Joseph Daly may have died on 26 January 1894, aged 36 years, and been buried at St Austin’s Churchyard, Grassendale, Liverpool. By 1914 young John was in New Zealand, a bank clerk at Kurow. In fact, J. C. Daly was playing cricket for Kurow in January 1912. And in September 1914 he was receiving Kurow contributions towards te Belgian Relief Fund.

J. C. Daly, of Timaru, was one of the registrations at the Timaru Defence Office on 20 June 1916. South Canterbury’s quota for the Nineteenth Reinforcements left for camp on 26 July 1916. The South Canterbury military district was congratulated on being able to send forward a full quota – 104 men. A civic farewell took place – luncheon in Stafford Tea Rooms and speeches at the Drill Shed. Enlisting on 26 July 1916 at Awapuni, John Daly named an aunt as next-of-kin – Mrs Minnie Matheson, care of C.P.O., Auckland. Minnie was born Minnie Potter, a sister of John’s mother. She married Donald Matheson in 1893 in New Zealand. Donald was one of several Matheson brothers from Argyll, Scotland, who farmed in the Kurow district. He was then a bank clerk with the National Bank at Timaru, his address being Glanavon, Sarah Street, Timaru. Private J. C. Daly embarked with the New Zealand Medical Corps of the 19th Reinforcements, departing from Wellingto for Plymouth, England, on 15 November 1916. He disembarked at Devonport on 29 January 1917 and left Sling for France on 4 March 1917. John Cuthbert Daly took his discharge on 31 December 1919 in the UK. He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service.

John Cuthbert Daly was back in New Zealand in 1928, working as a secretary, his address being care of Auckland Infirmary. He married Freda Mary Frances Lawrence in 1933. He and Freda lived in Auckland. He died on 18 June 1955 at Auckland and was cremated at Waikumete. Fred lived on till 1987.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 July 2022]; 1901 England census return ( [31 May 2022]; Baptism record ( [31 July 2022]; Waikumete Crematorium record [31 July 2022]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [31 July 2022]; Oamaru Mail, 4 January 1912, North Otago Times, 3 September 1914, Timaru Herald, 21 June 1916, 25 July 1914 (Papers Past) [10 & 31 July 2022]

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