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Peter Paul SHANNON

Regimental number3433
Date of birth1883
Place of birthNew Ross, Wexford, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMerriwa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 6.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Joseph Shannon, c/o Mr Marshall, Farm 732, Leeton via Yanco, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the 8th Australian Commonwealth Horse; discharged at end of period.
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 8), Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Joseph SHANNON and Mary Anne O'SHEA of New Ross Wexford Ireland; Siblings: Anastasia, Catherine, Agnes and John SHANNON.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted and proceeded to 53rd Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Found guilty, 9 June 1916, Ferry Post, of being absent from parade; awarded 5 days' confined to camp.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Found guilty, 10 July 1916, of being absent from parade; awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany, 13 February 1917, no particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as killed in action on the authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office, 24 February 1917.

Red Cross File No 2460801: 'The above name appeared on the German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement, 3339 Pte J.F. KILLALEA, B Company, 53rd Bn, 30 December 1918: 'Of B. Coy. on 20th July 1916 at Fleurbaix during enemy's counter attack was killed outright by bullet. He was alongside me at the time, but I could not say where he was hit. We were taken P's/W. shortly after. His body would be left on he field ... '

Second statement, 3497 Pte H. CROSSLEY, B Company, 53rd Bn, 8 January1919: 'Of B. Coy. On 19th July 1916 at Fleurbaix during our attack. Was killed outright, he was in enemy's line at the time and I think he must have been killed by bomb. I saw his body lyig in the trench. We were taken Prisoner of War shortly after. I did not examine his body to see where he had been hit.'

Originally listed as 'No known grave'; subsequently identified and buried in Pheasant Wood, Cemetery, Fromelles.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsBrother's address subsequently 186 Jersey Road, Paddington; then State Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales (22 August 1922).
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHANNON Peter Paul
Red Cross File No 2460801

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