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Regimental number3258
Place of birthKillnean, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram conductor
AddressPenola, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Heffernan, Cushentown, Killucan, Co West Meath, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 October 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 1 October 1917
Discharge date6 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked for active service abroad, Adelaide, 27 October 1915. Moved out from 31st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 3 March 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT ‘Ivernia’ and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, and dmitted to 1st General Field Ambulance, 3 September 1916, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, back and chest); to 3rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 4 September 1916. Embarked Boulogne on HS ‘Newhaven’ and proceeded to England for further treatment, 6 September 1916; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 7 September 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS ‘Invetia’, 6 February 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 9 February 1917; moved into the field, 11 February 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 13 February 1917;.

Promoted to Corporal, 16 April 1917.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 June 1917, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station (bruised back and left knee); to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 8 June 1917; discharged to duty; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 21 June 1917; moved into the field, 25 June 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 26 June 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac School of Instruction, 5 October 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 27 November 1917.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 8 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 28 February 1918.

Found guilty in the field, 12 March 1916, of being absent without leave, 7.30 am, 23 February, to 7.30 am, 25 February 1918: severely reprimanded; forfeited total of 3 days’ pay.

Admitted to Home Counties Field Ambulance, 24 April 1918, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, left leg); to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 April 1918. Embarked Rouen on HS ‘St. David’ and proceeded to England for further treatment, 28 April 1918; admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, 29 April 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 May 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 May 1918.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital for dressing, Hurdcott, 21 July 1918.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 September 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 6 September 1918 (not yet determined); discharged to duty, 4 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Sardinia’, 19 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 27 December 1918. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Adelaide, 6 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 February 1962
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery

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