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Regimental number2305
Place of birthBirchup, Victoria
Other NamesEGAN, Stephen Ambrose
SchoolSt Brendon's Roman Catholic School, Flemington, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNewmarket, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.75"
Next of kinJames Young, Newmarket, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death18.10
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
True Family Name EGAN. Parents: Michael and Catherine EGAN. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 15th Bn at Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1915 (gun shot wound, graze, shoulder), and admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance and thence to Casualty Clearing Station; transferred same day to 29th Field Ambulance, and thence to No 3 General Hospital, Lemnos, 9 August 1915; to Floriana Hospital, Malta, 29 August 1915 (gun shot wound and piles); to HS 'Scotian', 10 September 1915, and transferred to England; admitted to County of London Hospital, Epsom, 18 September 1915.

Rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 8 November 1915.

Sick to hospital, 12 November 1915; transferred to England; disembarked Alexandria from England, 5 March 1916 (no further details recorded).

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 6 April 1916 (influenza); discharged to Lines, 9 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Found guilty, 13 June 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he at Balleul, failed to comply with thwe order of a superior officer: awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 23 July 1916, of neglecting to obey Billet standing Order in that he was absent from Tattoo Roll Call : forfeited 1 day's pay.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1916; died of wounds, 9 August 1916. Buried at Chalk Pit, near Pozieres; grave could not subsequently be located.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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