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Michael BREEN

Regimental number312
Place of birthKilrush, Co Clare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKilrush, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinBrother, P J Breen, Kilrush, Co Clare, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 8 years in the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
Enlistment date10 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name25th Battalion B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 14 September 1916
Place of burialWandsworth Cemetery (Plot 19, Grave No 30F), London, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane on HMAT 'Aeneas', 29 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 September 1915.

'Complimented as rendering good service by staunchly remaining at his post with supply of bombs ready for use when required by the patrol in charge', Gallipoli Peninsula, 29 October 1915; temporarily promoted to rank of Sergeant, Gallipoli Peninsula, 18 November 1915; reverts to previous rank at own request, Mudros, 24 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria from HMT 'Hororata', 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, 21 August 1916, of drunkenness whilst on active service: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 1; rejoined unit in the field, 24 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 August 1916; admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 26 August 1916; transferred to 49th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1916, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, 1 September 1916 (gun shot wound, back). Proceeded to England on HS 'St Patrick', 5 September 1916; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 13 September 1916 (gun shot wound, back).

Died of wounds, 14 September 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BREEN Michael

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