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Joseph McGIRNA

Regimental number1399
Place of birthBallyjamesduff, Co Cavan, Ireland
Other NamesMcGIVNA
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 11"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs de Silva, Catherine Street, West End Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 14 years with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, discharged time expired from India.; Served for 14 years in the Royal Irish Fusilier; discharged, time expired, from India.
Enlistment date12 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1916
Discharge date27 September 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined unit at Gallipoli, 7 May 1915. Found guilty, 30 June 1915, of being drunk when on active service: awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 2. Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 3 September 1915; transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 4 September 1915; to St Patrick's Hospital, Malta, 10 September 1915 (asthma); to England, 13 October 1915, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 19 October 1915.

Found guilty, 6 December 1915, of being absent without leave, 20 November-6 December 1915: awarded 17 days' detention, forfeited 17 days pay. Found guilty, 15 January 1916, of being drunk, using obscene language, resisting escort: awarded 168 hours detention. Found guilty, 8 March 1916, of being absent without leave, 13 December 1915-14 January 1916: awarded 17 days detention, forfeited 33 days' pay. Found guilty, 28 February 1916, of disobedience and insolence: awarded 72 hours' detention.

Returned to Egypt with 27th Draft on board 'Minnetonka', 25 March 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 24 April 1916 (asthma); transferred by Hospital Train to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 14 May 1916; to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 10 June 1916 (chronic bronchitis).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Clan McGillivray', 10 July 1916 (for discharge); discharged, 27 September 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 December 1941
SourcesNAA: B2455, McGIRNA Joseph

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