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John McCANN

Regimental number2174
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCorrimal PO, South Coast, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 3.75"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, T McCann, Corrimal PO, South Coast, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918
Discharge date3 September 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1915.

Taken on strength, 18th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916, and posted to D Company.

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

Admitted to Field Ambulance, 17 December 1916 (sore right knee), and transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station; to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 18 December 1916; discharged to duty, 8 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 February 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 11 March 1918; medical certificate 'unfit to travel' issued, 28 March 1918; rejoined Bn, 19 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 18 May 1918 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 20th Casualty Clearing Station and thence to Ambulance Train; admitted to 56th General Hospital, 19 May 1918; transferred to England, 22 May 1918, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, 22 May 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 26 June 1918. Discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 June 1918.

Found guilty, Weymouth, 12 August 1918, of neglecting to obey AIF Depot order 2256 re trespassing: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Arawa' for discharge (shell wound, right arm), 15 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 17 November 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 3 September 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCANN John

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