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Regimental number2931
Place of birthKilkenny, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDarlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 9.6"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agnes McKenna, 42 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Previous military servicePreviously served in the 9th Hussars for 12 years; Horneycroft Mounted Infantry, Boer War, 3 years; Natal Field Artillery, 3 months.
Enlistment date25 November 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateDied of suffocation 20 March 1919
Place of burialMelcombe Regis Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 3034), Dorset, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

Enlisted, 10 May 1916; discharged, 25 August 1916 (medically unfit; not due to misconduct). Re-enlisted, 25 November 1916.

War service: England

Embarked Sydney, 25 November 1916; failed to re-embark at Durban, South Africa. Re-embarked on board 'Orsova', 27 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917. Found guilty opf being absent from the Troop Ship while at sea, midnight, 5 January, to 1 pm, 6 January 1917: awarded 48 hours' detention and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Marched in to 9th Training Bn, Larkhill, 28 February 1918. Found guilty, 20 September 1917, of being absent without leave, 10 pm, 15 September 1917, to 6 am, 18 September 1917: awarded 8 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 13 days' pay.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 February 1918. Found guilty, 20 May 1918, of being absent without leave, 11.15 pm, 16 May, to 7.20 pm, 18 May 1918: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 3 days' pay. Found guilty of being drunk in Sergeants' Mess, Littlemore, 8 August 1918: admonished.

Found dead, Fountain Hotel, Weymouth, 20 March 1919. Coroner ruled death by suffocation: breaking artificial teeth.

Medal: British War Medal
Miscellaneous detailsPreviously rejected for enlistment on account of malaria.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKENNA Harry

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