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Leo Conway MACKEY

Regimental number6577
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPainter
AddressJondowae, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Mackey, Mons Road, Wentworthville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 October 1916
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Discharge date10 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917, and marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone. Found guilty of being absent from midnight, 14 May, to 2.30 pm, 16 May 1917: awarded 2 days' confined to camp and forfeiture of 4 days' pay; total forfeiture of 5 days' pay.

Absent without leave, 17 October 1917. Declared an illegal absentee by a Court of Inquiry held on 13 December 1917, which showed soldier absent from 17 October; entire entry deleted as soldier rejoined unit in France, 24 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1917; taken on strength, 26th Bn, Belgium, 24 October 1917. Found guilty, 27 December 1917, of drunkenness while on Active Service, 26 December 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 6th Australian field Ambulance, 29 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 June 1918, and by Ambulance Train No 9 to 3rd Stationary Hospital, 1 July 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 6 July 1918; rejoined unit, 21 July 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 15 August 1918. To Corps Infantry School, 24 August 1918; rejoined Bn, 23 September 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 October 1918. Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board 'Bakara', 24 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 September 1919; discharged, 10 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACKEY Leo Conway

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