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John Robert LENEHAN

Regimental number4398
Place of birthPaddington, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address70 Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mrs M Lenehan, 70 Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNot recorded
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Declared a Deserter but subsequent inquiry would not clear things up. A.G. later decided he was K.I.A 19/20/7/1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Inquiry, held in the field, 23 March 1918, declared Lenehan to be missing.

Court of Inquiry, held in the field, 7 June 1918, declared Lenehan to be an illegal absentee.

Base Records to AIF Headquarters, London, 7 August 1918: 'I shall be obliged if you will forward as soon as possible particulars of the reason for the report contained in CIBL 2682 dated 10/7/18, viz., "Previously reported wounded and missing, now declared illegal absentee" - especially in view of the fact of the return of the personal effects, including identity disc.'

Base Records notified OC, AIF Cadre, Australia House, London, 11 March 1921: 'The above-mentioned man was reported as having been discharged on 1/4/20 in consequence of Desertion ... It has now been decided after careful investigation of the whole of the surrounding circumstances, that this soldier was "Killed in Action" on 19th/20th July, 1916 at Fromelles.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, LENEHAN John Robert

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