|Place of birth||Townsville, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||27|
|Next of kin||Brother, William Cannavan, Home Hill, Ayr, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Townsville, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Sapper|
|Unit name||Mining Corps 1, Company 1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sapper|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Tunnelling Company|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Family/military connections||Brother: 983 Pte Patrick CANNAVAN, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 20 February 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 May 1916; detrained Hazebrouck, 8 May 1916.
Admitted to 138th Field Ambulance, 5 July 1916 (sprained ankle, slight: injured by fall of earth); rejoined unit, 13 July 1916.
Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, 9 October 1916, on charge of when on Active Service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer, in that he at Covent Garden Advanced Billet on 1st October 1916 refused to carry firewood when ordered to do so by No 278 Corporal A.J. Smith, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company (Section 9-2); pleaded guilty: awarded 42 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Admitted to 47th Duivisional Rest Station, 9 March 1917 (mumps), and transferred same day to 7th General Hospital, St Omer; discharged to Base Details, 28 March 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 29 March 1917.
Found guilty, 29 August 1917, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 10 am, 26 August, till 10 am, 27 August 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Admitted to 1/1 West Riding Field Ambulance, 3 March 1918 (myalgia), and transferred same day to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 34, 5 March 1918, and admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 19 March 1918; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 19 March 1918; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 23 March 1918; rejoined unit, 12 April 1918.
Admitted to 5th Canadian Field Ambulance, 2 May 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 19th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1918; to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 7 May 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 11 May 1918; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 18 May 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 28 May 1918.
On leave, 9 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 25 August 1918.
Admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 December 1918 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); transferred to Ambulance Train No 4, 23 December 1918, and admitted to 7th General Hospital, Wimereux, 25 December 1918; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 30 December 1918; to England, 15 January 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 January 1919; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 27 February 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 69 days.
Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 March 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Khyber', 31 March 1919; disembarked Brisbane, 21 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 5 July 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, CANNAVAN Peter|