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Michael Corcoran

Image 1: Mick Corcoran(sitting) and 2 unidentified soldier mates, all 3 soldiers wearing greatcoats - No known copyright restrictions

Image 1: Mick Corcoran(sitting) and 2 unidentified soldier mates, all 3 soldiers wearing greatcoats …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael AWMM
  • Surname
    Corcoran AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 32938 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 January 1894 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Westland DistrictWest Coast Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Susan Corcoran (mother), Brick Street, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 November 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 32938 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Surveyor 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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 7" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      161 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private Corcoran was the son of Thomas and Susan Corcoran, of Greymouth, New Zealand, brother of Thomas John Corcoran, Serial No 26/989, brother-in-law of Joseph Mahon, Serial No 12/373 and brother-in-law of William Reston Hamilton, Serial No 9/285

    He was a friend of Stephen Ralph Mills, Serial No 32958,and, as can be seen by the closeness of serial numbers, they enlisted together. Ralph (as he was known) wrote a letter home to Michael's sister Cecelia (Cis) after Michael's death detailing some of the circumstances around Michael's death, i.e. Michael was a company cook delivering food to the front line when he fell victim to shelling.

    The photo is of Michael (sitting) and 2 mates. It is believed, though not confirmed, that one of the mates is Stephen Ralph Mills, Serial No 32958

    The Group Photo of soldiers on the road has come from family archives and has simply 'Mick & Tom' written on the back. No one has successfully identified either Tom or Mick nor any other member of the group. It is further believed that Mick & Tom did not serve together at any stage. Service records show Tom was en route back to Britain to take up a training position with the NZ Machine Gun Corps when Mick was killed.

    Embarked Wellington, 15 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 29 January 1917, and marched in to Sling Camp.
    Marched out to Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 4th NZ Infantry Brigade, Sling Camp, 30 March 1917; joined 2nd Bn, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2 April 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 28 May 1917.
    Wounded in action (slight); remained at duty, 11 June 1917.
    Appointed Company Cook, 17 August 1917; relinquished appointment as Cook, 29 November 1917.
    Killed in action, Belgium, 29 November 1917.

    Parents: Thomas and Susan Corcoran, Greymouth AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    29 November 1917 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Polygon Wood Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM H. 1. AWMM
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