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John Michael BEIRNE

Regimental number30082
Place of birthBoyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShip builder
AddressIrish Association, Courier Bldgs, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 9"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Beirne, 6 Wellwood Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year and nine months, Connaught Rangers, British Army.
Enlistment date22 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 22
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A84 Benalla on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Discharge date15 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Benalla', 9 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched into RBAA, Larkhill, 10 January 1917; marched into RBAA, Bulford, 28 January 1917.

Found guilty, 4 April 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 25 March, to 1.30 am, 30 March 1917: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 30 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 12 April 1917; discharged to RBAA, Bulford, 25 May 191; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 42 days. Embarked Southampton and proceeded overseas to France, 26 June 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 27 June 1917; marched out to 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade and taken on strength, 13 August 1917; posted to Brigade Ammunition Column, Belgium, 16 August 1917; proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 14 November 1917; rejoined unit, 1 December 1917; proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 15 November 1918; rejoined unit, 7 December 1918; proceeded to United Kingdom on special leave, 6 May 1919; marched into No 1 Group, Deverill, 3 June 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 24 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Plassy', 5 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 20 October 1919, for onward travel to Brisbane. Discharged, 15 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEIRNE John Michael

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