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Mary O'Connor

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 547 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 547 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mary AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Connor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 22/86 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 August 1890 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Fairhall, Blenheim, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Birth notes
    daughter of John & Margaret O'Connor Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 May 1915 AWMM Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    1919 Trentham Hospital
    1921 Private Hospital in Gisborne
    1925 Taumaranui Hospital Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. O'Connor (mother), Weld Street, Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 May 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Serbia & Albania; No 2 GH, Egypt; HShip Dunluce Castle; 17th GH Alexandria; No 3 NZGH Codford Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Nursing Service Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military record
  • Service number
    WWI 22/86 AWMM
  • Military service
    1915-1921 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 May 1915 AWMM Nurse AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Nurse at the Wairau Hospital, Blenheim Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    June 1916 admitted gastric influenza AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Marama then transfer to Moldavia for Suez. Ship name "Marama" from The Evening Post, May 23, 1915 listing the nurses and officers on the passenger list. Transfer to Moldavia. AWMM
    • Sister Mary O’CONNOR
      Mary O’Connor was born at Fairhall, Blenheim and trained as a nurse at Wairau Hospital. She joined the New Zealand Army as a Staff Nurse in 1915 and travelled to Egypt. Mary O’Connor subsequently saw service in Serbia and Albania, and served on the Hospital Ship Dunluce Castle from March to November 1916. She was promoted to the rank of Sister on 1 September 1916 and later served with No.3 New Zealand General Hospital, Codford, Wiltshire, England where she was brought to the notice of the British Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war.15

      Sister O’Connor returned to New Zealand in March 1919 but continued service with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service at Trentham until 1921. For her war service she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd class16 and the Serbian Samaritan Cross.17 After leaving the military, Sister O’Connor worked for two years at a private hospital in Gisborne before moving to Taumarunui where she was Matron of the Taumarunui Hospital from 1925 to 1939. Mary O’Connor’s medals are held in the collection of the Blenheim Returned Services Association. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 December 2016 -
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 547 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM


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06 December 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
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