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Robert George McCAHON

Regimental number2480
Place of birthKilrea, Co Derry, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
Address'Retreat', Boggabri, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane McCahon, Moneysallam, Kilrea, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 26 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1918
Discharge date6 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Embarked Sydney, 26 April 1916; taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 21 June 1916.

Attached to and passed Grenadier School, Tel el Kebir, 12 July 1916.

Transferred to Machine Gun Section, Moascar, 31 July 1916; mustered as Driver, 31 August 1916.

Admitted to Rest Camp, El Arish, from 2nd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, 10 July 1917; transferred to Rest Camp, Port Said, 26 February 1918; rejoined unit, 11 March 1918.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, Amman, 27 September 1918 (pyrexia); transferred to Anzac Hospital, Jericho, 28 September 1918 (malaria); to 34th Casualty Clearing Hospital, Jerusalem, 1 October 1918; to 47th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 4 October 1918; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 5 October 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 7 October 1918; to Rest Camp, 4 November 1918; granted 14 days' sick leave, 6 November 1918.

Admitted to 31st General Hospital, Abbassia, while on leave, 10 November 1918 (bacillary dysentery).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Leicestershire', 22 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 8 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCAHON Robert George

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