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John Joseph Sweeney

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Sweeney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1384 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1879 AWMM SprentTasmania AWMM
  • Date of birth
    2 April 1879 Public - Diane Margaret - Other relative - 10 September 2016 - Tasmanian Birth, Deaths and Marriages. RGD 828/1879 Emu Bay, Tasmania
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Pirinoa, Featherston, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    B. Sweeney (father), Lietenna, Scottsdale Line, Tasmania, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married Amy Kezia Matilda Ion 26 October 1904, Scottsdale, Tasmania Public - Diane Margaret - Other relative - 10 September 2016 - Australian Marriage Index., 1788-1950. Reg. year 1904. Launceston. Reg. no. 1150


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1384 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Labourer/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
    Court Martialled, Executed, Pardoned, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private John Sweeney was was one of 28 New Zealand servicemen who were court-martialled and sentenced to death during the First World War. He was sentenced to be shot for desertion and the sentence was carried out at 6.40 am on 2 October 1916.

    He was one of five New Zealand soldiers who were executed during the First World War for mutiny and desertion and pardoned by Parliament in 2000.

    A Private Member's Bill was put before the New Zealand Parliament in September 1998 by the MP for Invercargill, Mark Peck, to pardon the soldiers executed. This became the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 which pardoned the five soldiers. The purpose of the act was 'to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France AWMM II. B. 1. AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • Are there any plans to commensurate the 100 year anniversary of John Joseph Sweeney being executed on 02.10.1916?
    Public - Jenny - Friend - 14 August 2016



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10 September 2016Diane MargaretGlenorchy, Tasmania, AustraliaOther relative
14 August 2016Jenny Scottsdale, TasmaniaFriend
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