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John Francis BYRNE

Regimental number1119
Place of birthBally Valley, Killaloe, Co Clare, Ireland
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
SchoolNational School, Killaloe, Co Clare, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia27
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight107 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Byrne, 54 James Street, Dublin, Ireland
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBox Hill, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2182
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateDied of disease 5 January 1918
Place of burialColchester Cemetery (Plot T, Row 5, Grave No. 62), Essex, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Alicia BYRNE, Bally Valley, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked, Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Wounded (injury not stated), Gallipoli, 26 July 1915; admitted to Military Hospital (broken ribs), Malta, 31 July 1915; embarked for England, 18 August 1915; admitted to Military Hospital, London, England, 26 August 1915; discharged from 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, to furlough, 8 September 1915; embarked, Devonport, 15 January 1916, to rejoin the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; disembarked, Alexandria, Egypt, 13 January 1916; rejoined unit from Base, Tel-el-Kebir, 15 January 1916; transferred to and taken on strength of 58th Bn, Serapeum, 17 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916; proceeded to England on leave, 18 January 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 9 February 1917; promoted to Temporary Corporal, 20 June 1917; promoted to Corporal, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance (pyrexia unknown origin), 11 August 1918; rejoined Bn, 16 August 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance (PUO), 17 October 1917; to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 7 October 1917; to 54th General Hospital (pleurisy) to England, 21 October 1917; admitted to Colchester General Hospital, England, 29 October 1917; died of disease (pleurisy and effusion), General Hospital, Colchester, England, 5 January 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Age at death29
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE John Francis

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