(Service number 29240)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank


Date 14 March 1891 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 28 June 1916 Age 25 years
Address at Enlistment Cheviot, New Zealand
Occupation Butcher
Previous Military Experience Territorials Canterbury Yeoman Cavalry - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Martin FLAHERTY (father), Cheviot
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 18th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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 16 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railways employee


Date 22 March 1971 Age 80 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Notices Press, 23 March 1971
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Old Lawn Area, Plot 713
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Martin Flaherty was born on 14 March 1891 at Temuka, the second son of Martin and Honora (née Griffin) Flaherty. His parents who were both from Ireland, married at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Temuka. Nine children were born at Temuka before the family moved in the mid-1890s to Cheviot where three more were born. Martin was educated at Mackenzie School in North Canterbury.

Martin was a butcher at Cheviot when he enlisted on 28 June 1916 at Trentham. He was already serving with the Territorials – Canterbury Yeoman Cavalry. Single and Roman Catholic, he named his father as next-of-kin – Martin Flaherty, Cheviot. When Lance-Corporal Flaherty and four comrades were home on leave in mid-September 1916, they were tendered a farewell social by the cheviot Soldiers’ Committee and presented with writing outfits. Corporal M. Flaherty embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 18th Reinforcements, departing per the “Tofua” for Plymouth, England, on 11 October 1916.

Mr M. Flaherty, Cheviot, North Canterbury, received advice in mid-April 1918 that his son, Sergeant Martin Flaherty, had received a gunshot wound in the left arm. Prior to leaving for France Sergeant Flaherty was musketry instructor in Sling Camp. A brother, Private P. Flaherty, left with the Seventh Reinforcements and had returned to New Zealand, having been invalided home. Another brother, Trooper J- Flaherty, of the Main Body, was to arrive home shortly. At the beginning of May 1919, Mr M. Flaherty, of Cheviot, received advice stating that his son, Sergeant-Major Martin Flaherty, who left New Zealand with the Eighteenth Reinforcement, was returning by the Carpentaria. Martin was discharged on 16 June 1919, on the termination of his period of engagement. All his service was in Western Europe, for which he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

After the war Martin worked for the Railways. He married Elsie Gertrude Powis in 1926. He died at his Ashburton residence (119 Wills Street) on 22 March 1971, eight days after his 80th birthday. He was buried at Ashburton Cemetery after a funeral service at the Church of the Holy Name. He was survived by Elsie, who died in 1991, three sons and two daughters. His brothers John and Peter, also served in the war. Martin was a pall-bearer at John’s funeral in 1938.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 June 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 June 2023]; School Admission record (Canterbury Branch NZSG) [22 June 2023]; Ashburton Cemetery burial record & headstone image (Ashburton District Council) [22 June 2023]; Lyttelton Times, 15 September 1916, 18 April 1918, 3 May 1919, Press, 23 March 1971 (Papers Past) [22 & 23 June 2023]

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