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William John McCONAGHIE

Regimental number16997
Place of birthBallycastle, Co Antrim, Ireland
OccupationAmbulance bearer
AddressAtherton, via Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen McConaghie, Atherton, via Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 March 1916
Place of enlistmentCairns, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 26th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 28 January 1919
Discharge date24 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked Melbourne, 10 May 1917; disembarked Suez, Egypt, 20 June 1917.

Isolation to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 16 July 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 20 July 1917.

To hospital (sick), 6 November 1917; admitted to Australian Mounted Division Receiving Station, 6 November 1917; transferred to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 November 1917; to Ambulance Train, 7 November 1917; to 45th Stationary Hospital, 8 November 1917; to 44th Stationary Hospital, 9 November 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, Egypt, 11 November 1917; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, 24 November 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, 8 December 1917; discharged, 30 December 1917.

Attached to 14th Australian General Hospital, 30 December 1917.

Struck off strength, Port Said, 25 April 1918.

Joined Army Medical Corps Details, Moascar, 25 April 1918.

Marched out to Field Punishment Compound duty, 4 May 1918.

Reclassified class ‘A’, 23 July 1918; marched out to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 3 August 1918; rejoined unit, 6 August 1918.

Appointed Driver, 7 November 1918.

Reverted to Private on ceasing to perform duties of Driver, 5 January 1919.

Fractured right fibula while playing authorised game of football, 15 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia, from Suez, on board HT ‘Demosthenes’, 26 January 1919; evacuated to hospital at sea (abscess right leg), 2 February 1919; discharged, 11 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 24 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCONAGHIE William John

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