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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.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
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