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Joseph William LEAHY

Regimental number1051
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 11.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinBrother, M.J. Leahy, Wongan Hill, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 April 1917
Place of death or woundingLagnicourt, France
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialMorchies Australia Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Timothy Margaret LEAHY. Native of Kilkenny, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 17 August 1915 (influenza), and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station. transferred on HS 'Ulysses' to Alexandria from Mudros, 18 August 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 25 August 1915, and admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh; transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 31 August 1915. Transferred to A & NZ Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 10 September 1915; discharged to duty, 14 September 1915.

Admitted to Detention Barracks Hospital, Abbassia, 19 September 1915 (venereal disease); discharged to duty, 21 September 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, 29 September 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 29 September 1915; discharged to duty, 1 October 1915.

En route to rejoin Bn at Gallipoli, admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 29 October 1915 (venereal disease); discharged to unit, 19 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 16 June 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 June 1916; to 9th Stationary Hospital, Havre, 20 June 1916; to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 30 June 1916; discharged to duty, 7 July 1916.

Admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 8 July 1916 (venereal disease); discharged to duty, 3 August 1916; rejoined Bn, 25 August 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 10 December 1916, of being absent without leave, 8.30 pm, 26 November, to 8 pm, 29 November 1916: awarded 35 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Killed in action, 9 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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