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Ernest Andrew Mahoney

Portrait of Ernest A. Mahoney. Image kindly provided by Mahoney Family. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Ernest A. Mahoney. Image kindly provided by Mahoney Family. Image has no known copyright …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Andrew AWMM
  • Surname
    Mahoney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7637 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Ruatoki AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7637 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star AWMM
    The 1914 Star is to be issued to all soldiers of the British and Indian forces, including civilian medical practitioners, nurses, and others employed with military hospitals who served in France or Belgium with a British unit between the outbreak of war and midnight of November 22nd-23rd, 1914. It appears that at least 70 New Zealanders who were in Europe at the time qualified for the decoration. Of these, unfortunately, a considerable number have since been killed. From the records kept in the London office of ‘The Press’ the following lists have been compiled, the first containing the names of New Zealand soldiers who have since been killed, but whose relatives, nevertheless, will receive the Star, and the second, those still on service: (List incl. this entry under STILL LIVING): MAHONEY, Lieut Ernest A, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Poverty Bay) THE PRESS, ISSUE 16137, 15 FEBRUARY 1918 & AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS 21 FEBRUARY 1918 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Pakeha; served with British unit; son of Cornelius & Harriet Mahoney.

    Ernest Mahoney survived the war, although he was shot, not once but several times, patched up twice, even though he was shot right through the abdomen the first time and was pockmarked with shrapnel down the side of his face and shoulder in the second incident. According to legend, on the third occasion he was shot in the chest, placed among the dead but stirred, rose up and asked a passing orderly if he could bring him a cup of tea. Apparently his face was a dark blue colour, which is why he'd been put among the dead. The bullet had passed through his pericardium, just missing his heart, and lodged near his spine. He was sent back to England, where his nurse, my grandmother Kathleen, met, fell in love with, and married him. They returned to New Zealand and he came back to Ruatoki to convalesce, where my father was born. Grandfather Ernest grew up in the South Island, was a boxer, league (Wakefield Trinity) and rugby player (West Coast, All Blacks trials, British Army), professional 400m runner, single-figure golfer and useful cricketer. He was always known as "Mick" for some reason. He studied accountancy at night school and eventually became country clerk of the Hauraki Plains, living in Ngatea and Paeroa. In his retirement he moved to Cambridge. He had been playing league and working in a Grimthorpe, England, as a coal miner before the war, which is why he enlisted in a British regiment (Information provided by Mahoney family - July 2013). AWMM
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About death

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  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
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    MAHONEY One of the many inspiring, but tragic, records of sacrifice for the Empire is that of the family of Mr Cornelius& Mrs Harriet Isabella Mahoney of Taneatua, three of whose four sons have laid down their lives while on service. Second Lieutenant Brian Gerald Mahoney was killed on 3 September in an aeroplane accident. At the outbreak of war he was in Tonga, where he was engaged in copra planting. He came to NZ in time to join the 5th Reinforcements and went to Egypt as a private in the 4th, Waikato, Mounted Rifles. He served in Gallipoli and saw some heavy fighting on the Somme, received his sergeant’s stripes and was recommended for a commission in the Imperial Army. He joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers and was attached to the Royal Air Force in February last. He was almost through his training as a pilot when he met his death. His youngest brother, Ulic James, who left with the 3rd Reinforcements, was killed at Quinn’s Post in June 1914. Another brother, Edward Lancelot George Mahoney, who also left with the 5th Reinforcements, lost his life at Bir-el-Abd, in Sinai Peninsula, on 9 August 1916. The eldest brother, Ernest, joined the Queen’s Bays in England in August 1914, saw much service in France and is now a lieutenant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Te Hokowhitu-a-Tumatauenga, Anzac Hall Te Rewarewa Marae, Ruatoki AWMM
    • Milton War Memorial, Milton, South Island AWMM

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  • Documents
    • Research for this record was kindly provided by the Nga Wahi Pakanga I Karipori Charles Timutimu Research (August 2014). This project focused on the men of the Te Urewera area who fought in the 1st World War 1914 - 1918. AWMM
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
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