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Regimental number5703
Place of birthOvens, Cork, Ireland
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressNardoo Park, Buckrabanyule, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6.25"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Hannigan, Scart, Douglas, Co Cork, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 3 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 September 1916, and marched into 2nd Training Bn, Perham Downs.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916; re-allotted to 59th Bn Reinforcements, 15 November 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 17 November 1916.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 31 May 1917, and transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station (sprained ankle); discharged to duty, 16 June 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 21 June 1917.

Found guilty while on lines, 13 July 1917, of failing to appear on parade after being duly warned, 12 July 1917: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks.

Detached to 15th Infantry Brigade Headquarters as Camp Warden, 30 September 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 9 October 1917.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 10 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 27 November 1917.

Found guilty in the field, 24 December 1917, of being absent without leave, 9.00 am, 21 December, to 8.00 pm, 21 December 1917: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2 and a fine of 1 days' pay; forfeited total of 7 days' pay.

Promoted Corporal, 14 July 1918.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 4 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 21 November 1918.

Mentioned in Despatches, 16 March 1919.

Marched in from the field, 17 April 1919.

Embarked Havre, and proceeded to England, 23 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, 24 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 19 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 June 1959
Age at death73
Place of burialWedderburn Cemetery, Victoria

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