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George McCANN

Regimental number4848
Place of birthStockton, Newcastle, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address20 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinBrother
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 7), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
162
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 4 August 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W.M. Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Statement, 3778 Pte M. CLEMENTS, 56th Bn (patient, Southall Hospital, England), 14 October 1916: 'At Armentieres he was killed by a shell in our own trenches. I was in the same bay at the time.'

Second statement, 4771 Pte L. DUMONT, C Company, 56th Bn (patient, No 11 General Hospital, Etaples), 25 October 1916: 'He had been helping a wounded man down the communications trench. As he came back, he was blown up by a shell and killed instantaneously.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCANN George
Red Cross File No 1881104

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