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John Anthony O'MEARA

Regimental number638
Place of birthHesket, Victoria
SchoolHesket State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRochford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M O'Meara, Rochford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 66th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKyneton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentColour SGT
Unit name7th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateDrowned 26 October 1914
Place of death or woundingAlbany Harbour, Western Australia
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsChatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

Reported missing; supposed to have fallen overboard. Note on file: 'This man disappeared off HT 20 "Hororata" in a mysterious manner, after leaving Albany. He was therefore never shown as an overseas man ... '

Death occurred within Australian waters: not eligible for war medals.
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'MEARA John Anthony

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