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Michael Cronin



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael AWMM
  • Surname
    Cronin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI K18115 AWMM
    • WWII NZ246 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 April 1893 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 4 February 1913 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Factory hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 foot 3.75 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWI AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Complexion, WWI AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Found drowned in Evan's Bay AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served on Princess Royal from 5 June 1914 to 8 August 1918.

    Transferred to New Zealand after a checkered career in the Royal Navy in Britain. His service record lists several incidents that lead to detention in cells. He forfeited his claim to a Royal Navy pension.

    Amongst other information cited in his records are the fact that he was paid a war gratuity at HMS Espiefle.

    He died in Wellington on the Evan's Bay slip whilst the HMS Philomel was docked for repairs. HMS Philomel is registered in Auckland at the Devonport Naval Base which we surmise is the reason he is remembered on the Auckland War Memorial Hall of Memories.

    He came to New Zealand from Britain on the Chatham. The Chatham called at Wellington to tow the disabled Philomel to Auckland. Instead, repairs were undertaken by a skeleton crew from the Chatham with the intention of sailing Philomel north. Philomel was on the slip in Evan's Bay for the repairs when Stocker Cronin was found dead and floating in the water. (Morey, K.A. (2008) p. 65, and Paper's Past, 19 March 1921, p. 5.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 February 1921 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Evans BayWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM 102X AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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