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John Francis PHELAN

Regimental number3894
Place of birthLeongatha, Victoria
SchoolMt Eccles and Korumburra State Schools, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressKardella Road, Korumburra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J F Phelan, Kardella Road, Korumburra, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Junior Cadets (2 years) and Senior Cadets (2 years), Area 44.
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Elizabeth PHELAN, Eaglehawk, Victoria. Native of Mount Eccles, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 9 April 1916 (pyrexia), and transferred same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (influenza); discharged to duty, 13 April 1916.

Found guilty, Duntroon Plateau, 10 May 1916, of being absent without leave from 0800 to 0915, 7 May: awarded 6 hours' pack drill and 1 week's fatigue.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916 (sore throat), and transferred same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (parotitis); discharged to and rejoined unit, 29 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume to be Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PHELAN John Francis

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