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Fenton HORAN

Regimental number989
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Gerald Horan, barrister, Four Courts, Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Grenadier Guard, British Armys.
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Place of enlistmentWodonga, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal

'Work at Zonnebeke on 4 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176 (30 November 1916)

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and good work, notably when holding a particularly isolated position. By his energy and skill he prevented the enemy gaining any information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He fought his way through several parties of the enemy, killing numbers with his bayonet, and capturing others. When the enemy counter attacked, he led his men out to meet them, and broke up the attack before it reached our lines. Early in the operation he was wounded, but refused to leave until the battalion had been finally relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date24 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

War service: embarked from Melbourne, 8 Mag 1915. Served at Gallipoli. Reverted to the ranks at own request, 28 December 1915. Disembarked at Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 April 1916.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 21 June 1916. Wounded in action, 27 July 1916. Admitted to hospital suffering shell shock, 2 Auyust 1916; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 9 August 1916. Found guilty bg District Court Martial, 4 January 1917, of failing to obey a lawful command: sentenced to 1 year's detention; 6 months remitted. Sentence quashed, 24 October 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 13 October 1917; rejoined unit, 14 October 1917. Found guilty, 11 January 1918, of being absent without leave from a working party on 2 January 1918: awarded forfeiture of 20 days' pay.

Wounded in action (gas), 6 Julg 1918; rejoined unit, 8 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919. Discharged, 24 May 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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