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William John McKINLEY

Regimental number3588
Place of birthCo Armagh, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Address15 Piccadilly Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lillian McKinley, 15 Piccadilly Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 May 1917
Discharge date28 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 51st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Transferred to 4th Pioneer Bn, 16 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, 11 June 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 19 June 1916 (diarrhoea); rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 June 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 1 September 1916 (diarrhoea); rejoined unit, 28 October 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 25 November 1916; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 29 November 1916 (hypermetrophia); to No 5 Ambulance Train, 4 December 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 5 December 1916; to England, 8 December 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol; discharged on furlough, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 16 January 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, 27 February 1917, after being an illegal absentee; entry subsequently amended to show that the soldier went sick while on furlough and was still sick when declared an illegal absentee.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth for return to Australia, 20 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ayrshire', 23 May 1917; discharged (medically unfit: overage, senility), Perth, 28 July 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 February 1927
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKINLEY William John

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