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William MacVEAN

Regimental number714
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other NamesMaffra William
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStock and station agent
AddressCoonamble Hotel, Coonamble, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinFather, D MacVean, 46 Hart Street, Ealing Common, Middlesex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name1st Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date14 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, Mena, 3 April 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25-26 April 1915 (bullet wound, right thigh); transferred to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, Alexandria, 30 April 1915; to No 2 General Hospital, 1 May 1915; to Base Details, Zeitoun, 7 May 1915.

Embarked Alexandria, 20 May 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Appointed 2nd Lt, 18 June 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 4 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Captain, 12 March 1916.

On Command, 1st Australian Division, 19 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 March 1916.

Rejoined Bn, 8 April 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 April 1916 (influenza);discharged to duty, 11 May 1916; rejoined Bn, 11 May 1916.

On leave, 18 May 1916; rejoined Bn from leave, 29 May 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), Pozieres, 23 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 19 to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 24 July 1916; to England, 1 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 2 August 1916; placed on Supernumerary List, 23 November 1916.

Awarded Military Cross.

Re-admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 8 February 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Beltana', 17 March 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 15 May 1917; appointment terminated (discharged), 14 November 1917.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MacVEAN William

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