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Phillip John McTeigue (Service no. 51867) was a First World War soldier with links to Halswell

Phillip was born in New Zealand on the 9th September 1886 (or 1885 according to his headstone) the third son to Irish parents Michael and (Hannah) Catherine McTeigue.

He attended Halswell School and was a noted cyclist, having ridden in the Timaru-Christchurch road race on several occasions.

Phillip belonged to the Church of England, 5'7" tall with a dark complexion, black hair and grey eyes.

He married Catherine Martha Coulter (1895-1947) on the 23rd August 1916 at St Columbus Church, Hornby, by the Reverend Webb. They had a daughter Catherine Mary McTeigue who was born on the 11th November 1916.

When Phillip signed up for WW1 he was a 30 year old lacquerer for NZ Refrigerating Company, Islington, and lived at 12 Elizabeth Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. Before this in the 1914 electoral rolls, he was listed as a farm labourer in Islington, Christchurch.

He commenced duty on 13th March 1917 and was finally discharged 21st May 1919: a total service of 2 years and 70 days with 1 year and 316 days of that being overseas.

He started out as a Private in H Company 27th Reinforcements at Tauherenikau Camp just out of Featherston, Wairarapa. While he was here he got docked a day's pay and 7 days confined to barracks for overstaying leave. A month later he was transferred to J Company 27th Reinforcements, then again to J Company 26th Reinforcements two days later.

He embarked at Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand on the HMNZT 86 vessel Maunganui 12th June 1917. At this point he lists his wife as next of kin, now contactable via the post office in Islington, Christchurch. He disembarked in Plymouth, England and on that same day marched into Tidworth Camp, in Wiltshire, England.

Phillip then became a Rifleman in the 5th Reserve Battalion for the NZ Rifle Brigade based at Brocton Camp, Staffordshire, England. He again went Absent Without Leave (AWL) 20th or 21st October 1917 to 23rd October 1917 resulting in losing one day’s pay and sent to France the same day.

Arriving in France he marched into Etaples camp 26th October 1917 then marched to the NZ Infantry and General Brigade Department (NZI&GBD) division.

He was posted to the 2nd Battalion 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade A Company on 2nd November 1917. Seven months later while he was in the field, he joined the 3rd Battalion 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade in June 1918.

He was reported wounded on 9th September with wounds to the back of his scalp and thighs and was transported by field ambulance to a Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) which is a military medical facility behind front lines. He remained in convalescence until 18th October 1918. Unfortunately after returning to Etaples he got sick with Influenza just nine days later and was sent to the United Kingdom on the 11th November 1918 to Endell St Military Hospital then on to N.Z. Convalescent Hospital, Grey Towers, Hornchurch, England in December 1918. His medical information for this illness was signed off 24th January 1919.

After hospital, Phillip marched into Codford 11th February 1919. This was a camp in which to 'harden' soldiers to return to active service once they had left Hornchurch. Not many were keen to return to the front. The war had all but finished by this time so it seems he may have just been sent here until a ship home was found for him.

During his return to New Zealand on the R.M.S Corinthic (12th March 1919 from Tilbury) he contracted Influenza again on 27th March 1919. He arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand on 22nd April 1919 and was granted leave until 21st May 1919 on which day he was discharged.

Phillip returned to farm labouring living in Islington, Christchurch with his wife and daughter. In the 1928 electoral rolls he is listed as a cycle agent living in First Street, Islington, then later moving to Factory Road, Islington (since 1945 it has been renamed Waterloo Road).

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Sometime between the electoral rolls of 1954 and 1957 he retired and moved to 1 Wilson Street with his son John and John's wife Nancy move to 3 Wilson St, Islington, Christchurch.

He died  on the 12th June 1970 and was buried in St Saviour's Church (Anglican), Kirk Road, Templeton, Christchurch. He shared the family plot with his wife and daughter Catherine M. (Mollie) Pollock, who had died just 5 years prior to him.


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Phillip John McTeigue

First Names:Phillip John
Last Name:McTeigue
Place of Birth:New Zealand