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Bernard McKIERNAN

Regimental number247
Place of birthAlberton, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address18 Cardwell Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMrs S McKiernan, George Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 September 1918
Discharge date18 January 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Adelaide, 20 October 1914; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded).

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli), 2 March 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 October 1915; Temporary Corporal, 6 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 50th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 26 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916. Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 14 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 16 August 1916; remained at action. Transferred to 13th Training Bn; reverted to Corporal, 28 October 1916. Marched in to 13th Training Bn, England, 6 November 1916. Found guilty, 3 January 1917, of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline in that he left rifle and equipment unattended; awarded severe reprimand.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 April 1917; rejoined 50th Bn, 25 April 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 2 May 1917; Temporary CQMS, 1 September 1917. On leave, 27 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 11 February 1918. Promoted CQMS to complete establishment, 1 March 1918.

Transferred to AIF Headquarters for return to Australia, 27 August 1918. Granted leave, 29 August 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Arawa', 19 September 1918 (submarine guard duty); disembarked Melbourne, 17 November 1918; discharged, 8 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 May 1933
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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