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Regimental number17138
Place of birthGortnagrelly, Co Sligo, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia25
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHospital attendant
AddressParramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Mrs P Cullen, 'Gotnagrelly', Glencar, Co Sligo, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMarrickville, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 11, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 15 January 1916 and posted to 5th FAB 6th Reinforcements; taken on strength 22nd FAB, 30 October 1916; taken on strength 2nd DAC 4 May 1917; wounded, 8 October 1917; taken on strength 5th FAB, 18 May 1918.
FateKilled in Action 8 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death32
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row P, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 5 June 1916; disembarked Suez, 6 July 1916; transferred to isolation camp, Tel el Kebir, 7 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 July 1916; disembarked Southampton, 23 July 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Bulford, 15 September 1916 (venereal disease); discharged from hospital, 17 October 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 31 days.

Marched out from Australian Artillery Training Depot to 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, 26 October 1916; taken on strength of 117th Howitzer Battery, 30 October 1916.

Embarked Southampton and proceeded overseas to France, 26 March 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 27 March 1917 (isolation); marched out from isolation to 2nd Division Australian Field Artillery, 3 May 1917; mustered as driver, 8 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh); admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 9 October 1917; transferred to Ambulance Train No 14, 9 October 1917; transferred to England, 22 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, 22 October 1917; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 21 November 1917.

Classified B1A2, 22 November 1917; classified B1A4, 4 January 1918; marched in from No 3 Command Depot, 12 February 1918; marched out to Reserve Brigade Australia Artillery, Heytesbury, 5 March 1918; proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1918; rejoined unit, 19 March 1918; reverts to rank of Gunner at own request, 30 April 1918; transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, 13 May 1918; taken on strength of 105th Battery, 13 May 1918.

Killed in action, 8 October 1918.

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

Letter headed NV. LO291/4/1. Copy. D.16. Reads: 'No.17138. Commons P. 5th F.A.B. A.I.F. Killed in Action 8.10.18. On the morning of 8th October 1918 at Gun Position (Wiancourt) an enemy aerial torpedo was dropped, making a direct hit on No.1. Gun Crew with the exception of A/Br Roach W. who subsequently died of wounds, were killed instantly - Commons P. sustained a wound in the head, but was most probably killed by concussion. He was buried at the afternoon of 8th October 1918 at Australia Cemetery, Blacktown, near Bellicourt (62B - - G.16a) Padre Ponge conducted the burial service.-
SourcesNAA: B2455, COMMONS Patrick

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