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Regimental number1944
Date of birth16 February 1887
Place of birthRosewood, New South Wales
AddressWolseley Park via Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Holden McEachern, Wolseley Park via Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Rosewood Cemetery: Stone '1914-18 War. In thanksgiving for the safe return of Hugh, William, Gordon and John. Sons of John and Elizabeth McEachern.'
Discharge date31 December 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2462 Pte George Ernest McEACHERN, 45th Bn, retutrned to Australia, 9 December 1918; 3185 Pte John Gilbert McEACHERN, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 18 January 1919; 3439 Lance Corporal William Holden McEACHERN, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 23 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916, and promoted Temporary Sergeant.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 November 1916; marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 13 November 1916, and reverted to permanent rank of Private.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 14 November 1916; reverted to permanent rank of Private, 29 November 1916.

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, 1 December 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 December 1916.

Admitted to 39th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 January 1917 (mumps); transferred to Ambulance Train, 19 January 1917, and admitted same day to 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 29 January 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 5 February 1917; to Base Depot, Estaples, 7 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 February 1917.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 27 March 1917.

Admitted to 2/1 South Midlands Casualty Clearing Station, 3 May 1917 (rose measles); transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 13 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 May 1917.

Appointed Corporal, 2 May 1917.

Detached to Gas School of Instruction, 30 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 3 June 1917.

Detached with Advanced Billeting Party, 25 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 30 July 1917.

Detached to 2nd Army Gas School, 12 September 1917; rejoined Bn, 20 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 18 October 1917 (gun shot wound, head), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station; to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 October 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 1 November 1917; to Base Depot, 6 November 1917; rejoined Bn, 14 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 5 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 December 1917.

Detached to Corps Gas School, 19 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 25 January 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 18 April 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to 55th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 37, 19 April 1918, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 April 1918; transferred to England, 24 April 1918, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 25 April 1918 (gas poisoning: slight); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 6 May 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 10 May 1918.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 May 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 17 July 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 August 1918.

Promoted Sergeant, 19 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 30 March 1919.

Granted leave with pay only, 23 April-23 July 1919 (Non-Military Employment: stock breeding, nr Hereford).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 5 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 January 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 31 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 October 1962
Age at death75
Place of burialRosewood Cemetery, via Tumbarumba, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, McEACHERN Hugh

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