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Mark John CALLAGHAN

Regimental number195
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith's improver
AddressBaillie Street, Horsham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMrs M A Callaghan, Andrew Street, Horsham, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in the 73rd Battalion, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 26th August 1917 at about 5.30 p.m. near POTIJZE an ammunition dump of the 13th Aust. F.A. Brigade became heavily shelled by the enemy and was set on fire causing the ammunition in the dump to explode. No. 195 Corporal CALLAGHAN who was in charge of the dump immediately set to work to extinguish the fire. This was successfully accomplished and by his initiative, bravery, and disregard of risk he succeeded in extinguishing the fire and in saving a large quantity of valuable ammunition required for immediate use in Batteries.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date14 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia, 1 November 1919; disembarked, 15 December 1919; discharged, 14 March 1920.

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

Date of death1 August 1960
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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