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Full Name
Francis Alphonsus Brogan
Rank Last Held
Lance Corporal
Forename(s)
Francis Alphonsus
Surname
Brogan
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
24/1602
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
1896
Place of Birth
New Zealand
Religion
Roman Catholic
First Known Rank
Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment
Labourer
Next of Kin
R. Calvert (friend), Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
9 October 1915
Body on Embarkation
New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit
3rd Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company
Embarkation Date
8 January 1916
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Tahiti or Warrimoo
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Footnotes
Born in Australia
Nominal Roll Number
16
Page on Nominal Roll
7
Campaigns
Battle of Broodseinde
Military Awards
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
Wounds and Diseases
GSW abdomen
Last Unit Served
Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death
3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, in the field, Belgium
Date of Death
8 October 1917
Age at Death
21
Year of Death
1917
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference
XX. I. 5A.
Memorial Name
  • Wellsford War Memorial, Wellsford, New Zealand
  • Wellsford War Memorial Library, Wellsford, New Zealand
  • Roll of Honour, Wellsford War Memorial Library, WW1 & WW2, Wellsford, New Zealand
  • Roll of Honour, Wellsford RSA, 1 Olympus Road, Wellsford
Biographical Notes
Son of Edward Patrick Brogan and Alicia Brogan, of Wellington
Description of Image
  • Headstone, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Photo Mr & Mrs R. Brooker, 1998)
  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, entrance to the cemetery (Photo Mr & Mrs R. Brooker, 1998)
  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, monument to the fallen with some of the headstones in the background (Photo Mr & Mrs R. Brooker, 1998)
  • Wellsford War Memorial (photo J. Halpin November 2010)
  • Wellsford War Memorial, WW1 name panel (photo J. Halpin November 2010)
  • Roll of Honour, WW1 & WW2, Wellsford War Memorial Library (photo J. Halpin November 2010)
  • Wellsford Memorial Library, front (photo John Halpin November 2010)
  • Wellsford Memorial Library, side (photo John Halpin November 2010)
  • Roll of Honour, Wellsford RSA (Photo J. Halpin 23 April 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, detail, Wellsford RSA (Photo J. Halpin 23 April 2011)
  • Wellsford RSA (Photo J. Halpin 23 April 2011)
Additional Information
  • Increased age at enlistment and gave false details about birth place.
  • New Zealand lost 18,166 service men and women, out of a population of approximately 1,089,825, in World War I. Nearly all those killed were buried overseas.
  • The journey Mr and Mrs Brooker undertook in 1998 to visit Lijssenthoek Cemetery began in Amsterdam. Three train transfers were necessary to take them to the village nearest the cemetery. No taxis were available for the final 4 kms so they began walking. Fortunately a passerby offered a lift and they arrived at their destination. They express the view that this was a worthwhile journey and there was a great sense of satisfaction being there - it was a special place, beautifully maintained and it was a consolation that New Zealanders graves' were tended so carefully so far from home. A man visiting the cemetery offered to take they back to the train station for the return journey to Amsterdam.
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Sources Used
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