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William O'HEARN

Regimental number2833
Place of birthWest Maitland, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPoultry farmer
AddressAda Street, Homeville, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael O'Hearn, c/o Mrs Satler, Telarah, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 November 1916
Place of enlistmentRutherford, 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 RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Refers 12 October 1917.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty Battle of YPRES (Phase 5) 12th October 1917. Under a very heavy artillery barrage this man repeatedly went out, and dressed the wounded, carrying them into our own lines. When all Company Stretcher Bearers had been killed or wounded he volunteered for stretcher bearer duty, and continued to work 48 hours without rest, displaying great coolness and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Takada', 18 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 16 October 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'HEARN William

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