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James Peter CANAVAN

Regimental number1629
Place of birthCo Tyrone, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o James Stewart and Co, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Rose Canavan, c/o James Stewart and Co, Rockhampton, Queensland
Enlistment date7 May 1915
Place of enlistmentCloncurry, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted, 7 May 1915; taken on strength 25th Bn, 4 September 1915; transferred to 2nd Pioneer Bn, 14 March 1916.
FateDied of disease 20 August 1917
Age at death42
Other details

To the question, 'In which town were you born?', he answered, 'Do not know'.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916. Taken on strength, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 14 March 1916.

Admitted to 1/1 South Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station, 7 February 1917; transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 February 1917 (renal colic); to England, 13 February 1917, and admitted to Cheltenham Voluntary Aid Detachment, Cheltenham Grammar, 10 February 1917; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 April 1917; discharged on furlough, 7 May 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 22 May 1917.

Marched in to Pioneer Training Bn, Fovant, 26 May 1917.

Died of disease (ulceration of stomach), Military Hospital, Fovant, 20 August 1917.

Base Records wrote to Miss R. Canavan, 8 December 1917: 'Captain Sinclair of Fovant reports "Private Canavan was seriously ill for one week, and appeared to know that he was dying. He served under me in France for over 12 months, and proved himself to be a good and brave Soldier."'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANAVAN James Peter

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