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John Molloy HARKINS

Regimental number10866
Place of birthLetterkenny, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGardener
AddressAlbert Street, Osbourne Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 11"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, H Harkins, Albert Street, Osbourne Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 September 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 10 August 1918
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row E, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
17
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 10 February 1916, and posted to No 2 Section, Cairo; taken on strength of 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 10 March 1916, and posted to 8th Battery, Tel-el-Kebir; taken on strength of 24th Howitzer Brigade, 23 March 1916, and posted to 112th Battery, Tel-el-Kebir; appointed Temporary Driver, Serapeum, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Elele' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 3 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916; appointed Driver, 1 July 1916. Transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade and taken on strength, 25 January 1917; posted to 112th Battery, 25 January 1917.

Wounded accidentally whilst exercising horses, 7 January 1918 (contusion in left leg); admitted to Australian Field Ambulance, 9 January 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Receiving Station, 9 January 1918; discharged to unit, 20 January 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 February 1918 (old fracture, fibula); transferred to 15th Australian Divisional Receiving Station, 7 February 1918; to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 February 1918; discharged to duty, 31 March 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 17 April 1918.

Killed in action, 10 August 1918. Buried at Lamotte-en-Santerre Cemetery, 4.75 miles South-East of Corbie.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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