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John McCarthy

Portrait, photo was taken in 1917. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, photo was taken in 1917. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    McCarthy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12438 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 March 1877 AWMM CorkIreland (Eire) AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 11 January 1916 AWMM Waipiro, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Eugene McCarthy (father), 26 Old Market Place, Cork, Ireland AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 6 May 1916 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12438 AWMM
  • Military service
    Royal Naval Reserve AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 January 1916 AWMM
    Age 40 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      136 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      32 inches (min), 34 1/2 inches (max) AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Medium AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue-green AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Severe broncho-pneumonia. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to No. 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, England. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Hypostatic pneumonia, myocardial degeneration AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 3 February 1918 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for War Service, a pre-enlistment disability aggravated by active service. AWMM
    Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attested at Trentham Military Camp on 11 January 1916.

    Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt on 26 July 1916 for Southampton, England diesembarking 7 August 1916.

    D. Callaghan (Friend), C/- Post Office, Te Kuiti was listed as his New Zealand contact point, as apparently if the Next of Kin was not resident in NZ, this was required.

    Before enlisting he worked as a labourer for Chas. McCracken of Tikotiko.

    His grandson, Thomas Hardy, records the following details:

    Most of the information given here has been obtained from John McCarthy's personal military file. Some of the information held on his army records is not true. His religion is stated to be Church of England but he was a Roman Catholic. His marital status is shown as Single, but he was marrried on 1 December 1900 at the Catholic Cathedral of Cork, Ireland to Ellen Goggin (1873-1962). She would have been his real Next of Kin (when embarking) and not his father. Ellen and John had three children: Mary Frances (1901-1973), Eugene Patrick (1903-1996) and David Francis (1905-1984).

    Mr Hardy further records that he never met his grandfather and most of what he knows of him is from his personal military file. His only recorded crime while in the army was to go AWOL from the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, Essex from 5 pm on 2 April - 9.45 pm on 4 April, 1917. His punishment for this was the forfeiture of 3 days pay. After being declared unfit for War Service by the Medical Board, John embarked for New Zealand aboard the Ruahine from Liverpool on 16 November 1917.

    After his army service John lived at various addresses in Auckland, including 46 Grey Street (1918), 208 Hobson Street (1920) and 62 Greys Avenue (1931). In 1999

    John had 18 descendants, all of whom lived in England.

    Grave: 1st NZEF. 12438 RFM. J McCarthy - Rifle Brigade - Died 7 January 1940

    Falsified many details on attestation AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 January 1940 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
    AvondaleAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM RSA Area, Block C. Section 3. Plot 14. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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