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Regimental number2594
Place of birthParramatta New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSwansea, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J Byrne, Swansea, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'During the period February to September 1918, this N.C.O. has acted as Orderly Room Clerk. He is an intelligent, capable N.C.O. with great initiative and his work for the Battalion has been invaluable. During his service, owing to his isolated position on account of operations, the responsibilities of the records and administrative routine, have often fallen entirely upon his shoulders. His duties have entailed great endurance which has at all times been confronted with great devotion and cheerfulness. Owing to the difficulty of obtaining clerical assistance he has had to work very hard, and has at all times undertaken long tasks at all hours of the night. He has served with the Battalion since its formation and I consider his services deserve recognition. I strongly recommend him for the Meritorious Service Medal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsSister: Staff Nurse Kathleen BYRNE, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 1 April 1919.

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