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Regimental number2174
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCity View Hotel, Abercrombie and Alexander Streets, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 7"
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinFriend, C Keane, City View Hotel, Abercrombie and Alexander Streets, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1916

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: taken on strength, 4th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 21 May 1916; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 May 1916 (rheumatism); to Ambulance Train, 26 May 1916, and admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne; to 14th Stationary Hospital, 8 June 1916 (paratyphoid); to England, 9 July 1916, and admitted to University War Hospital, 11 July 1916.

Discharged on furlough (date not recorded); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from furlough, 2 October 1916; into No 3 Command Depot, Bovington Wool, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 November 1916; rejoined 4th Bn, in the field, 25 November 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Detached for duty with Assistant Provost Marshal, Amiens, 14 June 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 19 July 1917.

Proceeded to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 27 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 8 September 1917.

Detached for duty with 1st Australian Division, 11 September 1917; rejoined Bn, 23 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right leg), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1917, and thence to Ambulance Train No 36; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 6 October 1917; to England, 20 October 1917, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 21 October 1917 (wound: severe). Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 4 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 7 January 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham Castle', 10 March 1918; discharged, Sydney, 12 November 1918
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACKEANE William

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