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Donald McGHEE

Regimental number3416
Place of birthHeath Hill, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolYannathan State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway porter
Address61 Bridge Street, South Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 3"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, J McGhee, 61 Bridge Street, South Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of 'insufficient height')
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Margaret McGHEE, 3 Plant Stret, Northcote, Victoria. Native of Heath Hill, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 21 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land at approx 5J90-43 to 5K0 2.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.MSBV
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as McGEE.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McGHEE Donald

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