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Regimental number4287
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCleland Street, Mascot, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinFather, J O'Connor, Cleland Street, Mascot, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Infantry Brigade Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 October 1917

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Recommendation date: 21 December 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date17 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 54th Bn, 16 February 1916.

Sent to Field Ambulance from unit, Canal Zone, 23 May 1916; transferred same day to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital (dysentery); to 14th Field Ambulance, and thence to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 24 May 1916; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, 27 May 1916; to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 5 June 1916; to Ras el Tin Convalescent Hospital, 15 June 1916; discharged to duty, 5 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 22 September 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, via Marseilles, France, 9 August 1916, and marched into 14th Training Bn.

Marched out to Fargo Hospital, 3 September 1916 (eye trouble); date of discharge not recorded.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; rejoined 54th Bn, in the field, 6 October 1916.

Admitted to Army Rest Camp, 27 August 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 12 September 1917.

Temporarily attached to 14th Brigade Headquarters for duty, 7 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 20 January 1918.

Detached to 8th Brigade Headquarters, 2 February 1918.

Awared Belgian Croix de Guerre.

Wounded in action, 16 May 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 14th Field Ambulance; transferred to 49th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 May 1918; to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 18 May 1918; to England,25 May 1918, and admitted to Connaught War hospital, Aldershot, 27 May 1918. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 June 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 8 June 1918.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 25 July 1918.

Charged with being absent without leave from midnight, 8 August, to 6 am, 10 August 1918: charge dismissed.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 August 1918; rejoined 54th Bn, in the field, 27 August 1918.

Attached for duty to 8th Brigade Headquarters, 12 September 1918.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 12 December 1918 (lacerated left thumb: accidental injury); transferred same day to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 16, 15 December 1918, and admitted to Convalescent Depot; admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, 30 December 1918. Transferred to England, 12 January 1919, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 13 January 1919. Discharged from hospital, 24 January 1919, and granted leave, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Derbyshire', 12 March 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 24 April 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 17 June 1919.
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Cleveland Street.
Date of death1 July 1950

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