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Patrick Celestine CALLAHAN

Regimental number1919
Date of birth23 March 1892
Place of birthElphinstone, Victoria
SchoolElphinstone State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway employee
Address17 Cumberland Street, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Callahan, 17 Cumberland Street, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date7 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF6
Promotion date: 23 September 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: INF6
Promotion date: 17 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded)


'Gallant leadership of Section in successful attack. (East of Ypres on 4 October 1917)'
Recommendation date: 11 October 1917

Military Medal


'Great skill and resource in reorganisation work and personal courage and able leadership. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 5 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great dash and gallantry in an attack on a crater. He gallantly led his section forward, and, in face of strong resistance, bombed an enemy post and captured seventeen prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Military Medal

'For great gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on DECLINE COPSE, near ZONNEBEKE, East of YPRES on 26.10.17 He showed great skill and resource in the reorganisation which followed on the partial destruction of one platoon on the forming-up line, and during the attack displayed great bravery, skill and control. With a small party of men he captured a machine gun and 30 prisoners, and set a splendid example to his men throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli (invalided to Egypt; invalided to Australia; returned to duty, 11 September 1916), Western Front

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

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