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Maurice AHERN

Regimental number2326
Date of birth18 March 1874
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address31 Canning Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinUncle, Maurice Drinnan, 31 Canning Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in the Scottish Horse.
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1917
Discharge date17 July 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 18th Bn, Tel el Kebir, and posted to A Company.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Admitted to 13th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 21 September 1916 (error of refractive SK); transferred to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 September 1916 (defective vision); to 2nd Australian Division Rest Station, 22 September 1916; to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 September 1916; to England, 26 September 1916, and admitted to Norwich hospital, affiliated with Norfolk War Hospital, 26 September 1916 (debility: slight); discharged on furlough, 11 October 1916, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 October 1916.

Found guilty, 3 November 1916, of being absent without leave, 3.30 pm, 30 October, to 4 pm, 2 November 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 4 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Found guilty, 3 February 1917, of neglecting to obey an order given by an NCO: awarded 72 hours' detention.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, 15 February 1917 (influenza); marched in from hospital to No 4 Command Depot, 28 February 1917.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 March 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Barambah', 8 April 1917; discharged (medically unfit: neurasthenia and senility), Sydney, 17 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as AHEARN. See 1481 M. AHERN for second period of service.
Date of death17 June 1927 Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield
SourcesNAA: B2455, AHERN Maurice

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