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Walter Aherns LAHEY

Regimental number51212
Place of birthWalcha, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCompositor
AddressSt Peters, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, M. Lahey, Walcha, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 September 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 September 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Feldmarschall on 19 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 July 1919
Discharge date12 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3087 Corporal Henry James LAHEY, 48th Battalion, killed in action, 11 April, 1917, Western Front; 1933 Private Edward Charles LAHEY, Australian Army Medical Corps Details, returned to Australia, 6 July 1919;
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked 19 June 1918; disembarked London, England, 26 August 1918, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Promoted Acting Sergeant and Band Master, 28 August 1918.

Found guilty, 13 January 1919, of being absent without leave from 0001 hours, until apprehended at Bristol at about 0755 hours, 11 January 1919: award, reprimanded and forfeits one day's pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 January 1919, and reverts to the rank of Private; marched into Australian Staging Camp, 29 January 1919.

Taken on strength of 2nd Bn, 2 February 1919.

Deatched to 4th Bn, 7 March 1919; rejoined unit, 26 March 1919.

Promoted Acting Sergeant, 27 April 1919.

Embarked for England, 7 May 1919; marched into No 1 Group, 16 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HT 'Boorara', 6 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 August 1919; discharged, Sydney (termination of period of enlistment), 12 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal.

Died at Western Suburbs Hospital, Sydney, 26 August 1937
Date of death26 August 1937
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAHEY Walter Aherns

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