|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|School||St Francis Catholic School|
|Address||106 Abercrombie Street, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Bridget Ryan, 106 Abercrombie Street, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Casula, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||23rd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/40/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||23rd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||30|
|Place of burial||Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot X, Row A, Grave No. 6), Fouilloy, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Michael and Bridget RYAN|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 30 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 10 January 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; taken on strength, 23rd Bn, in the field, 2 May 1917.
Found guilty, 4 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 9 am till 10 pm, 2 June 1917: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.
Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 June 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 July 1917 (trench fever); to Ambulance Train No 2, 7 July 1917, and admitted to 55th General Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 24 July 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 26 July 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 3 August 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 22 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 October 1917.
Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 December 1917 (eye examination); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 5 December 1917.
On leave to England, 4 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 21 March 1918.
Killed in action, 4 July 1918.
Statement, Red Cross File No 2390304L, 18 Lance Corporal J. FITZPATRICK, 23rd Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General hospital, Oxford, England), 19 August 1919: 'I belong to the Pioneers, and I helped to carry out Pte. D. Ryan (23.A.) after he had been killed outright by a shell on July 4 at Villers-Bretonneux. I took him away the next day and he was buried in the military cemetery at Blangy-Tronville.'
Second statement, 6085 Pte W. GRAHAM, 23rd Bn (patient, 11th Stationary hospital, Rouen), 21 August 1918: 'He was killed at Villers Bretonneux in an attack which we and the Americans made. I did not see him killed but helped to bury him. He was carrying ammunition behind the front line and was hit by a piece of shell on the head and killed at once.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, RYAN Denis
Red Cross File No 2390304L