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Michael Patrick HOULAHAN

Regimental number1360
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMillbrook, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, M Houlahan, Millbrook, South Australia
Enlistment date2 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the whole of the battle near DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918. Corporal HOULAHAN was in charge of gun on left flank of "A" Company 52nd Battalion. He handled his team in an excellent manner and was of great assistance in the day's operations, inflicting many casualties on the enemy. When enemy penetrated our line, his gun was moved to an exposed position on the railway line to obtain enfilade fire. His brother (NO. 1 on the gun) was seriously wounded at this time, but he carried on as if nothing had happened and remained in this exposed position with his gun until the attack was dispersed. Guns then retired, taking up successive positions, and inflicted casualties every time until our counter-attack was launched. He then advanced and took up a position on the railway, remaining there until relieved. Throughout the battle his disregard for personal danger, and efficient manner in which he attended to details, enabled this gun to inflict heavy casualties on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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