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Francis Joseph Harnett

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Harnett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 29401 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 March 1893 AWMM Parua BayNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 June 1916 AWMM 8 High Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Harnett (mother), 8 High Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 October 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 29401 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Military Guard - No 6 Platoon, Motuihe Island AWMM
    • E Company AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Sling - 29 December 1916 AWMM
    • Etaples - 1 December 1917 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Packer/Civilian 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 7 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 3 pounds AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George and Lizzie Harnett, of 8, High Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Private Francis Joseph Harnett's remains were found in April 1968, by the staff of the museum curator, Mr Louis Menu.

    According to Patrick Colson-Olmedo, Museum Secretary of the Museum in Messines, Francis was the twin son of the Auckland Port Inspector for the Dept of Agriculture. Some time before the Great War, the family lived in Wellington briefly.

    Both twins enlisted for overseas duty when they turned 21, but only Francis was accepted; his brother being rejected on health grounds.

    Pte Harnett transferred to the Wellington Infantry Battalion to win earlier posting overseas. He arrived in England on 11 October 1916 and left for France on February 2 1916. He joined the battalion in the field on May 27, and was killed 12 days later.

    His twin brother named his son after him. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXI. A. 7. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Devonport War Memorial, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Devonport Primary School, granite tablet, 18 Kerr Street, Devonport, Auckland AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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