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Daniel Bernard RYAN

Regimental number743
Place of birthCowra, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
Address5 Auburn Street, Goulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 9.5"
Weight184 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Nicholas James Ryan, 74 Kalem Terrace, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
117
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Unofficially reported Prisoner of War by British Red Cross Society (no date shown).

Note on Form B103: 'Identity Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was deceased. May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Ryan, D.B. 30. Batt. Nr. 743. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 2390305 has statement from 300 Pte J. STEER, 30th Bn (patient, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales), 17 October 1917: 'I knew Pte Ryan ... He was killed at Fleurbaix by a shell in the charge. It was in No Man's Land just after we went over. We were in the front line. I know that he was buried with all those who were killed.'

Note on file: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Second statement, 759 Pte F. SCHOLES, C company, 30th Bn, 18 June 1917: 'Saw his body lying in No Man's Land at Fromelles. Am quite certain about it ... We were in same Pl. No. 9 of C. Coy. His burial is very uncertain.'

Note on file: 'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to Next of Kin 20.6.17.'

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2011) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RYAN Daniel Bernard
Red Cross File No 2390305

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