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Henry John MAHONY

Regimental number4169
Date of birth14 April 1878
Place of birthDuke Street, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales
SchoolMarist Brothers Catholic School, North Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShip's steward and printer
Address'Yosemite', Willoughby Road, Naremburn Upper, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 3"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Mahony, Willoughby Road, Naremburn Upper, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 December 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 14 November 1916
Place of death or woundingAlbert, France
Age at death from cemetery records38.7
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David Casbert and Mary E. MAHONY, 'Yosemite', Willoughby Road, North Sydney, New South Wales. Mother gave age at death as 43 on Roll of Honour circular.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4422 Pte Norman Francis MAHONY, 4th Division Sanitation Section, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.; First cousins: 17846 Pte Esmond Edward LECCHI, 1st Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 29 April 1919; 31083 Gunner Riccardo LECCHI MM, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 19 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname variously spelled MAHONY and MAHONEY.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAHONY Henry John

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