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Cornelius Dooling

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cornelius AWMM
  • Surname
    Dooling AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    William Smith AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/1797 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Cornelius and Ellen Dooling, of 268, Clifford St., Gisborne. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 20 Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 William Smith (father), Clifford Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • When Cornelius DOOLING signed up for service in 14 December 1914 he attested under the assumed name of William SMITH - His father's correct name was Cornelius DOOLING of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/1797 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 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 wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Cornelius and Ellen Dooling, of 268, Clifford St., Gisborne.

    Served as William Smith. Listed by Archives New Zealand as SMITH, William - [a.k.a. DOOLING, Cornelius] - WW1 12/1797. Listed by CWGC as Dooling AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Turkey Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 -
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Lone Pine Memorial in Turkey Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 -
  • Grave reference
    72 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 -
  • Obituary
    Mrs Con Dooling, of Clifford Street has received advice of the death of her son Con Dooling at the Dardanelles. Private Con Dooling appears enlisted under the name of “William Smith.” This is explained by the fact that he had not favored the compulsory system of training that has been in vogue in this Dominion for some years. When war broke out however he was keen on going to serve his King and Country but felt that if he disclosed his correct name it might lead to trouble with the Defence authorities on account of past evasion of drill. Private Con Dooling enlisted at Auckland with the Third Reinforcements and left for the Front in March last. Upon arrival in Cairo in April, he wrote to his relatives here saving that the force to which he belonged was leaving straightaway for France or for the Dardanelles. He was very well known in this town and on several occasions took part in the local boxing contests. Up till the time he left Gisborne he was employed by Mr D. J. Barry. He was just under 21 years of age. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 May 2023 - NEW ZEALAND CASUAL TIES.
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Yet another Anzac Day is approaching but this time, because of the Covid-19 pandemic lock down, we can't meet at dawn to remember you and our other family members who gave up their lives at Gallipoli, but know that you rest at peace in our hearts and are always lovingly held in our memories. Your Great Niece Nancy xx
    Public - Nancy - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Dear Great Uncle Cornelius, I am so happy to have found you. Your sister Ellen Dooling, was my Father's mother so, grandmother to me and all my sisters and brothers and cousins. She was the sweetest person I knew as a child, she passed away when I was 14. We all loved her to bits. I had no idea she had another brother, we had met your brother Victor and Ellie his wife a couple of times and I visited them in Gisborne in 1972.
    I feel so sad that you ended up so far from home, fighting a terrible battle. How can this be?
    From now on you will be remembered by your family each year when we commemorate the Gallipoli landings. Sent with love, your great niece Susan Clark.
    Public - Susan Patricia - Other relative - 2 March 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 678 AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 May 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
29 August 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 April 2020NancyAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
02 March 2018Susan PatriciaNew zealandOther relative

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