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Patrick Edward RYAN

Regimental number1606
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address32 Boundary Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 3.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Ryan, 32 Boundary Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
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
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary RYAN. Native of Waverley, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Taken on strength, C Company, 30th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 February 1916.

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

Posted wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2390707, 736 Pte A. PALMER, C Comapny, 30th Bn (patient, 4th Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 2 July 1917: 'I knew Ryan ... I last saw him at Fleurbaix. We went "over" about 6.30 on 19th July, 1916. Ryan was quite near me and I saw him hit by a bullet fired by a sniper. He was hit in the right eye. He was about 120 yds. from our trench when hit. He was not knocked down, and when I last saw him, he was making back to our lines. We continued on to the second line of German trenches. We retired to our trenches the next day -- the 20th. Just after reaching our lines, I was hit by a by a fragment of shell, and have been in hospital ever since. I expected to see Ryan back in our trenches.'

Second statement, 1527 Pte J.L. BULL, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, 4th Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 19 October 1917: 'On July 19th 1916 he was in the front trenches at Fleurbaix with us. Late in the night of the 19th I saw him lying in the trench suffering from concussion. He could not speak. We went over and returned to the same trench early the next morning. The Stretcher bearers had removed Ryan.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RYAN Patrick Edward
Red Cross File No 2390707

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