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Regimental number27163
Place of birthClonskeagh, County Dublin, Ireland
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Dublin, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address437 Upper Edward Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Bannon, Anna Cottage, Upper Clanbrazil Street, Dublin, Ireland
Enlistment date10 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 20
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMortally wounded while attempting to extinguish a fire which broke out in a tank containing explosives and petrol. An iron splinter pierced his heart, causing instantaneous death.
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death24
Place of burialLongueau British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 27164 Nicholas BANNON, 2 Field Artillery Brigade, served in France; was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field in action in saving his gun while under fire.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 November 1916.

Found guilty, 20 January 1917, of being absent without leave from 10:00 pm, 18 January to 10:00 pm, 19 January 1917: awarded 48 hours' detention and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 March 1917; marched in to Etaples, France, 31 March 1917; marched out to join unit, 11 April 1917; taken on strength of 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 14 April 1917; transferred to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 31 July 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Hospital, Belgium, 31 October 1917 (gas poisoning); transferred to 6th General Hospital Rouen, France, 2 November 1917; to England, 10 November 1917; embarked for England, 11 November 1917; admitted to 1st London General Hospital Camberwell, England, 11 November 1917; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 9 January 1918; on leave from 11 January, to 25 January 1918; marched in to Hurdcott Command Depot, 25 January 1918; marched out to Longbridge, 6 May 1918; marched out to Heytesbury to join Overseas Training Bn, 17 May 1918; proceeded overseas to France, 18 June 1918; marched in to Havre, France, 19 June 1918; marched out to unit, 21 June 1918; rejoined unit, 25 June 1918.

Killed in action, France, 7 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BANNON John

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