Patrick Francis McKINLEY

Regimental number48
Place of birthDrysdale Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWest Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Charles McKinley, 21 High Street, West Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action East of YPRES on 4th October 1917. He established communication by wire between Battalion headquarters and the Front Line and frequently repaired the wire under very heavy fire. Although wounded, while sending in an important message by lamp, he completed his task before allowing himself to be removed by stretcher bearers. His example was an inspiration to many others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal