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Michael Joseph HEFFERNAN

Regimental number12722
Place of birthKillucan, Co Meath, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPorter South Australian Railways
Address27 Hackney Road, Hackney, St Peters, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Heffernan, Killucan, Co Westmeath, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Ambulance
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date14 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked for active service abroad, Adelaide, 31 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 21 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France through Southampton, 24 November 1916.

Wounded in action, and admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 7 June 1917, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 June 1917; admitted to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 9 June 1917 (gun shot wound, shoulder); to Ambulance Train, 16 June 1916; admitted to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 16 June 1917. Embarked Boulogne on HS ‘Newhaven’ and proceeded to England for further treatment, 25 June 1917; admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton, 25 June 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 June 1917; discharged on furlough, 28 August 1917.

Found guilty at Weymouth, 22 September 1917, of being absent without leave, 6.00 pm, 11 September, to 2.00 pm, 21 September 1917: awarded 7 days’ confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 11 days’ pay; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 12 October 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 May 1918; struck off strength, Weymouth, and granted leave, 6 August 1919; marched into Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Pakeha’, 6 October 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 21 November 1919. Discharged Adelaide, 14 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 February 1973

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