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Christopher Henry McDONOUGH

Regimental number73
Date of birth22 August 1893
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCompositor
Address67 Frithville Gardens, Shepherds Bush, London, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.125"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, Francis McDonough, 67 Frithville Gardens, Shepherds Bush, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1918
Discharge date30 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 May 1915.

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 29 August 1915.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 3 November 1915 (neurasthenia); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 7 November 1915. Proceeded to Malta on HS 'Devanha', 7 November 1915; admitted to St. David's Hospital, Malta, 12 November 1915; discharged from Ghain Tuffieha Camp, Malta, 13 February 1916.

Embarked HMT 'Simla' and proceeded to Egypt, 13 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 18 February 1916; rejoined 21st Battalion from details, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Fallen ill in the field, 4 June 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 6 June 1916; transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 August 1916; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 August 1916. Proceeded to England, 1 September 1916, and admitted to 4th London General Hospital (shell shock); discharged to duty, 25 September 1916; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 September 1916; discharged on furlough, 28 September 1916.

Found guilty at Perham Downs, 9 November 1916, of being absent without leave, 13 October, to 8 November 1916: awarded 10 days' confinement to camp; forfeited total of 27 days' pay; moved out, 13 November 1916; reported as being an illegal absentee, Wareham, 16 December 1916; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 24 March 1917.

Found guilty by District Court Martial held at Wareham, 5 April 1917, of being absent without leave, 16 December1916, to 5.00 pm, 22 March 1917: awarded 100 days' detention; forfeited total of 210 days' pay; marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 12 July 1917.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 26 July 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 27 July 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 14 August 1917.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 26 October 1917 (duodenal ulcer); transferred to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 28 October 1917. Proceeded to England, 1 November 1917, and admitted to 1st Western General Hospital (duodenal ulcer); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 February 1918; discharged for return to Australia, 16 March 1918.

Proceeded to Suez on HT 'Wandilla', 16 March 1918; commenced return to Australia on HT 'Wiltshire', 30 March 1918; disembarked 3rd Military District, 1 May 1918. Discharged as being medically unfit for continued service, Melbourne, 30 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONOUGH Christopher Henry

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