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Michael CONNOLLY

Regimental number778
Place of birthTuam, Galway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs Gannon, Park Road, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Connolly, Culbeg, Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Lihons on 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 10th August 1918 at LIHONS. During the attack this Stretcher Bearer, regardless of danger and at a great personal risk incessantly and untiringly dressed and carried the wounded. Again and again he made his way back and forward over the flat and open country swept by the pitiless Machine Gun and rifle fire, never once faltering or deigning to take cover. He displayed the greatest courage and coolness under most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date6 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 15th General Hospital (teeth), Alexandria, 6 April 1915; to 17th General Hospital, 1 May 1915; embarked for the Dardanelles, 14 June 1915; admitted to Hospital and discharged to duty, Dardanelles, 20 June 1915.

Admitted to 16th Stationary Hospital (diarrhea), Mudros, 8 July 1915; disembarked, Malta, 25 July 1915; admitted to St George's Hospital, 25 July 1915; to Forrest Hospital, 19 August 1915; to Ricasoli, 24 August 1915; admitted to overseas base, ration return, Mustapha, 30 August 1915; embarked overseas, 5 September 1915; taken on ration strength, Mudros, 8 September 1915.

Found guilty, 20 October 1915, of (1) being absent from parade at 6 am, 20 October 1915: awarded 2 days' detention; forfeited 1 day's pay.

Admitted to 1st Canadian Hospital from Lowland Casualty Clearing Station (enteric), 16 December 1915; to 21st General Hospital, Alexandria, 13 January 1916; to Ras-el-Tin Convalescent Hospital, 18 January 1916; to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 February 1916; embarked, Suez, for return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor' for 3 months' change, 9 February 1916; disembarked, Melbourne.

Embarked, Melbourne, 16 December 1916.

Found guilty at sea, 10 January 1917, of (1) being absent without leave for 1 day: awarded 2 day's detention; forfeited 3 days' pay.

Disembarked, Plymouth, England, 18 February 1917; marched into 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 18 February 1917.

Admitted to Bulford Dermatological Hospital (venereal disease), 26 February 1917; discharged to Parkhouse Training Camp, 12 March 1917, total period of venereal disease: 15 days.

Admitted to Bulford Dermatological Hospital, 28 March 1917.

Found guilty, 18 April 1917, of 91) being absent without leave from Tattoo from 8:30 pm, 13 April 1917, until 10 pm, 13 April 1917; (2) whilst in Isolation breaking camp: awarded 7 day's Field Punishment No 2; forfeited 10 day's pay.

Found guilty, 25 April 1917, of (1) being absent from 2 pm parade: admonished.

Marched into Perham Downs Command Depot, 1 May 1917; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 4 May 1917; reported absent without leave, 13 May 1917; declared an illegal absentee, 21 June 1917; Australian Imperial Force depots in the United Kingdom direct no further action to be taken, 21 July 1917; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton to reinforce the 6th Bn, 26 July 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 27 July 1917; proceeded to join unit, 15 August 1917; taken on strength of the 6th Bn, Field, 18 August 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound thigh), 20 September 1917; to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 September 1917; to No. 15 Ambulance Train, 20 September 1917; to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 21 September 1917; to England, 24 September 1917; admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England, 25 September 1917; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 15 October 1917; discharged on furlough from, 22 October 1917, until, 5 November 1917, to report to Codford Command Depot; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Fovant, 19 November 1917; reported absent without leave, 27 December 1917, returned from being absent without leave, 12 January 1918; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Devrill, 17 January 1918; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 7 February 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 8 February 1918.

Found guilty, 9 February 1918, of (1) when on active service being on town without a pass: awarded 10 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Marched out to detention, 12 February 1918; rejoined unit from Hospital, Field, 19 February 1918.

Found guilty, 19 April 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 6 am, 11 April 1918, until apprehended at noon, 11 April 1918: admonished; forfeits 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 21 June 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 9:30 pm, until 10:30 pm, 20 June 1918: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Found guilty, 23 July 1918, of (1) absenting himself without leave from 9:30 pm, 25 June 1918, until 12 noon, 30 June 1918: awarded 42 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound leg), 10 August 1918; transferred to No. 10 Ambulance Train, 12 August 1918; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 13 August 1918; embarked to England, 16 August 1918; to Military Hospital, Trensham Hill, England, 17 August 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 September 1918; discharged on furlough from, 13 September 1918, until, 27 September 1918, to report to Hurdcott Command Depot.

Admitted to King George Hospital (influenza) while on leave, 15 September 1918; discharged, 1 October 1918, to report to Hurdcott Command Depot; attached to Educational School, Cambridge, for duty, 4 October 1918.

Found guilty, 9 November 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 7 pm, 8 November 1918, until 7 am, 9 November 1918: forfeits 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 26 November 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 10:30 am, 26 November 1918, until 5 pm, 2 December 1918: forfeits 7 day's pay.

Discharged to Hurdcott Command Depot, 26 November 1918; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 4 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 18 December 1918; disembarked, Melbourne, 5 February 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 6 April 1919.

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

Medals returned, 10 May 1923.
Date of death2 October 1965
SourcesNAA: B2455, CONNOLLY Michael

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