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Regimental number4450
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCommercial Road, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Canavan, Castle Town, Roche, Co Cork, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Provost Corps
FateReturned to Australia 29 April 1919
Discharge date3 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt

Disembarked Suez, 11 March 1916. Taken on strength, Anzac Provost Corps, Abbassia, 12 April 1916.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 17 May 1917 (dysentery); transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 23 June 1917 (diarrhoea); discharged to and rejoined unit, 11 July 1917.

Attached for duty to Port Said Detachment, Anzac Provost Corps, 12 December 1917.

Classified as suffering debility, 12 January 1918. Medical Board, Cairo, 14 August 1918, classfied him suffering neurasthenia.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 5 April 1919 (diarrhoea).

Commenced return to Australia from Pt Said on board HT 'Dorset', 29 April 1919; disembarked Adealide, 4 June 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 3 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Niece, Miss Eileen Looney, Cork City, Ireland, wrote to Base Records, 17 August 1957, seeking any information about her uncle on behalf of his sister, Mary Canavan Looney, and seeking to establish if he was still alive. Base Records replied that he was alive, and living in central Adelaide (Carrington Street).
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANAVAN Patrick

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