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Michael McFERRAN

Regimental number1997
Place of birthBallymena, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs K McFerran, Crasshybracken, Glarryford, County Antrim, Ireland
Enlistment date20 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularFamily name: DOHERTY. Enlisted under mother's maiden name, McFERRAN.
FateKilled in Action 5 April 1918
Place of burialWarloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VIII, Row F, Grave No. 22), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined unit at Gallipoli, 13 July 1915. Wounded in action, 7 August 1915 (gun shot wound, left hand); transferred by Hospital Ship 'Delta' to No 2 General Hospital, Ghezireh, Egypt, 11 August 1915; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis (date not recorded); to New Zealand and Australian Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 14 August 1915; to 1st Australian General Hospital, 16 September 1915; to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital; discharged to duty, 8 October 1915; proceeded to join MEF, 21 October 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 21 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 3 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ismailia, 11 January 1916 (nerves); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Convalescent Depot, 11 January 1916; to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Ghezireh; discharged to duty, 12 February 1916; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 4 March 1916.

Transferred to 4th Division Artillery, 12 March 1916; taken on strength, 10th Field Artillery Brigade and posted to 37th Battery, 13 March 1916. To be Temporary Bombardier, 23 April 1916; temporary rank confirmed, 23 April 1916. Reprimanded for neglect of duty, 11 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 13 June 1916.

To hospital, 26 December 1916; admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 December 1916 (venereal disease); transferred by No 23 Ambulance Train to 1st Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 30 December 1916; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, and admitted, 2 January 1917; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 13 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 77 days. Taken on strength, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 24 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 April 1917 (gun shot wound, right buttock), and admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 8 April 1917; transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 10 April 1917; to England, 24 April 1917, and admitted to Tooting Hill Hospital, 26 April 1917 (wound severe); to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 May 1917; discharged on furlough, 28 May to 12 June 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 2 July 1917; rejoined 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 8 July 1917

Wounded in action (3rd occasion), 29 September 1917; remained at duty. Promoted Corporal, 12 October 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 12 October 1917; Sergeant, 12 January 1918.

Killed in action, 5 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRobert Thompson, 'Ballymoney Heroes 1914-1918' (self published, 1999), pp. 311-12
NAA B2455 file 1943665

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