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Aeneas William Tolster O'Sullivan

  • Service number
    WWI 3/218 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • O'Sullivan-Beare AWMM
    • For explanation on the Beare addition see Waikaraka cemetery burial database. Is location not name Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 19 September 2015 - Auckland City Council Libraries online cemetery database;
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Aeneas William Tolster AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Sullivan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • O'Sullivan-Beare AWMM
    • For explanation on the Beare addition see Waikaraka cemetery burial database. Is location not name Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 19 September 2015 - Auckland City Council Libraries online cemetery database;
  • Service number
    WWI 3/218 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 October 1887 Pat Clarkson Research KapongaTaranaki Pat Clarkson Research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 4 City Road, Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs G. O'Sullivan, Avenue Road, Greenmeadows, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/218 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew 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
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of influenza AWMM
    • Cause of death: Influenza[(1); paresis of bowel (2); toxaemia (3) Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 19 September 2015 - Archives New Zealand; Military personnel file;

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • "Commenced the study of medicine shortly after leaving school in 1910. When war broke out, he immediately offered his services in company with fourteen fellow students and sailed for Egypt and Gallipoli with the Main Body in 1914. Towards the end of 1915 he was recalled to New Zealand, and resumed his studies, taking his M.B. degree in 1917. He accepted the appointment of House Surgeon at the hospital for a time, and later undertook the duties of Assistant Health Officer, intending to qualify for the full diploma the week he died. On September 1st he was transferred to Auckland, where he did noble work in connection with the epidemic then raging, actually sacrificing his own life in an endeavour to save others. He died November 21st, 1918, from pneumonic influenza contracted while doing what he deemed only a duty to his poorer brethren, and his name must be added to that already long list as one of those who laid down his life for his friends." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

      listed as O'Sullivan-Beare at Waikaraka Cemetery AWMM
    • "Dr. A. W. T. O'Sullivan, of Dunedin who succumbed to an attack of pneumonia at the Auckland Hospital on Thursday night, saw a years active service in Egypt and on Gallipoli.

      When medical students were recalled to continue their studies, he returned to Dunedin, qualified, and got his degree of M B. He was then appointed house surgeon at the Dunedin Hospital and afterwards was assistant health officer." Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 September 2018 - Obituary; The Press, 23 November 1918, page 11;
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About death

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  • Death
    21 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 1 Block Z Lot No 1B AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Medical Journal AWMM
      NZMJ, 1918;17:228 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 556 AWMM
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014). AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM


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