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Phillip Onslow Cullen

Group photograph, Phillip Cullen centre, with full uniform, companions in in various uniforms including sleeves rolled up, braces, different hats - No known copyright restrictions

Group photograph, Phillip Cullen centre, with full uniform, companions in in various uniforms includ …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Phillip Onslow AWMM
  • Surname
    Cullen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Onslow Cranwell Phillip Cullen AWMM
    • Philip Onslow AWMM
    • Philip Onslow Cullen AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/3291 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 June 1891 AWMM HokitikaWestland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 23 August 1915 AWMM Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    D. Cullen (brother), Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 23 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Engineer/Military AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand 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 11 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      160 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      Medically fit AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 20 December 1915 Disembarked at Suez . 9 January 1916 - Joined Battalion in Ismailia . 6 April 1916 - Embarked on the 'Francois" at Port Said for France. 16 June 1916 - Killed in action at Armentieres. Plaque and scroll despatched to Daniel Cullen (brother).

    Onslow's last two diary entries are as follows:

    June, 1916. Thursday, 15. Not too fine. Very dull. Slept all day and Harry Lemon brought some bread and jam we have had none issued this happening very often. Moving to front trench tonight. Time has [ ] shifted 1 hour today.

    Friday 16. Sunshine. Was not allowed to sleep in dugouts last night. Slept on boards outside. Very cold. Had 5 shots at Fritz this morning.

    Phillip was killed on 16 June 1916

    Family in remembrance placed a photograph in the Hall of Memories, Auckland War Memorial Museum, on ANZAC Day 2011

    Christened as Phillip but always called Onslow by the family. Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file - Diary (photocopied) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    ArmentieresFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM 2.B.38 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
    • St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Waimate North, Northland AWMM

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