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Full Name
Peter Michael Gaffaney
Rank Last Held
Sergeant
Forename(s)
Peter Michael
Surname
Gaffaney
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
24/431
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Rifleman
Next of Kin
Francis Dominia Gaffaney (brother), Jeweller, Wanganui, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
68 Saint Hill Street, Wanganui, New Zealand
Military District
Wellington
Body on Embarkation
2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit
B Company
Embarkation Date
9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll
251
Military Awards
Military Medal (MM)
Award Circumstances
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations in front of Mailly Maillet on 26th March 1918, this N.C.O. displayed exceptional coolness under heavy machine and artillery fire and called and reorganised his men. Going forward with great dash he captured a heavy German machine gun after putting its crew out of action. During the consolidation of the position won, an enemy move was reported on our exposed flank. Sergeant gaffaney, with great initiative and energy, hastened a Lewis Gun forward and secured the position. L.G. 16 July 1918, p8333, Rec No 2083.
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death
France
Date of Death
5 April 1918
Age at Death
24
Year of Death
1918
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Louvencourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Grave Reference
Plot 1. Row D. Grave 21.
Biographical Notes
Peter Gaffaney was the son of Francis and Katherine Gaffaney, of Dunedin, New Zealand.
Archives NZ source
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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