The AIF Project

James Hugh O'Neill KEARNEY

Date of birth26 September 1894
Place of birthEulo, Queensland
SchoolMareeba State School and Technical College, Cairns, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o Mrs J A Kearney, Mareeba via Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Anderson Kearney, Mareeba via Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed as Sergeant in the Mareeba Volunteer Cadets.
Enlistment date13 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name25th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 18 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the Bank of New South Wales, Cairns branch, 19 November 1913. Transferred to Atherton branch, 21 November 1913 (appointed ledger keeper, June 1914).
FateKilled in Action 5 June 1918
Place of death or woundingCorbie, France
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBonnay Communal Cemetery Extension (Row C, Grave 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Anderson and Winifred Mary KEARNEY, Mareeba, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2765 Sergeant Donald Leo KEARNEY, 3rd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 24 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Contracted meningitis in France; invalided to England, and returned to Australia.

Re-enlisted, December 1916.

Embarked embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 'Hororata', 14 June 1917, as 2nd Lieutenant, 25th Bn, 20th Reinforcements.

Struck by a shell fragment during a gas attack, 5 June 1918; died several hours later.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Sources'Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour' (Sydney, 1921), pp. 210-11.

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.