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Michael DOOHAN

Regimental number2590
Place of birthFalcara, Co Donegal, Ireland
SchoolGortahork National School, Donegal, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGPO, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Blee, 14 Fahan Street, Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery; also in the Enniskillen Fusiliers, British Army.
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateKilled in Action 13 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Catherine DOOHAN. Born at Tullaghobegly, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Military Medal

'Private DOOHAN, with two wounded comrades, was discovered by a Canadian patrol in 'No Man's Land' between the south west corner of MOUQUET FARM and point 94 during the night of 12th/13th September, 1916. All three men had been out there since 3rd September, 1916, a period of 9 days. Private DOOHAN had looked after the two wounded men, and during the hours of darkness foraged bully beef etc. from dead bodies lying in shell holes in the vicinity. The care an attention given to the wounded men for this long period undoubtedly relieved their sufferings and preserved their lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

, Western Front

Proceeded from Zeitoun, Egypt, to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 21 October 1915. Taken on strength, 11th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 12 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Transferred to 51st Bn, 29 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 3 September 1916 (gun shot wound, neck and upper extremities); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 13 September 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 14 September 1916; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 September 1916 (arthritis, left ankle; multiple gun shot wounds); transferred to England, 18 September 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, 22 September 1916; transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield (date not recorded); marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 October 1916. Awarded the Military Medal, 7 November 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, of an act to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline viz. assisting a person under arrest to escape: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2. Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 21 June 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 26 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 13 October 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOOHAN Michael

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