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William John EGAN

Regimental number2326
Place of birthMilang, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressGoolwa, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Egan, Goolwa, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Cyclists' Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Discharge date29 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 3 April 1916.

Transferred to 5th Division Cyclists Corps, 16 April 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 29 April 1916 (constipation); discharged to, and rejoined, unit, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 June 1916.

Admitted to 105th Field Ambulance, 2 November 1916 (influenza); transferred to 34th Divisional Rest Station, 3 November 1916 (myalgia); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 10 November 1916.

On leave, 7 December 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 21 December 1916.

Sick to hospital, 1 February 1917, and admitted to 1sr Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 12 February 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 14 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease (gonorrhoea): 30 days.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 2nd Anzac Division, 18 May 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 25 May 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 2nd Anzac Division, 26 May 1917.

Found guilty, 7 June 1917, of whilst on active service an act to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, in that he, in the field, on the 7th June 1917, did consume portion of his iron rations viz. grocery ration, contrary to Routine Order: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Detached to Lewis Gun School from Anti-Aircarft detachment, 22 June 1917; rejoined Cyclists Bn, 6 September 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 27 November 1917; rejoined unit, 7 December 1917.

Detached to Anti-Aircraft Section, 16 December 1917; rejoined unit, 23 December 1917.

Transferred to Australian Corps Cyclist Bn, 16 January 1918.

Detached for duty to Assistant Provost Marshal, Bailleul, 12 February 1918; rejoined Bn, 8 March 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 March 1918.

Detached for duty to Assistant Provost Marshal, Australian Corps Headquarters, 28 March 1918; rejoined Bn, 29 April 1918.

Detached to Australian Corps School, 3 October 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 15 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to Ambulance Train No 3, 9 January 1919; to England, 10 January 1919 (trench fever), and admitted to Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, 11 January 1919; transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 16 January 1919; discharged on furlough, 5 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Derbyshire', 2 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 12 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 29 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 March 1920
Place of burialWoodside Uniting Church Graveyard, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, EGAN William John

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