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Date of birth6 April 1887
True NameMcCONAGHY, David McFie
SchoolSuperior Public and Grammar Schools, New South Wales
AddressBox 1140, G.P.O. Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, David McConaghy, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentLT (HON CAPT)
Unit name3rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion


Unit: 3rd Battalion
Promotion date: 2 May 1915

Temporary Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 3rd Battalion
Promotion date: 7 August 1915


Unit: 3rd Battalion
Promotion date: 1 May 1915

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', third Supplement, No. 29522 (27 March 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 79 (6 July 1916).

FateDied of wounds 9 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNamps-Au-Val British Cemetery (Plot I, Row J, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Mary P. McCONAGHY. Native of Cootamundra, New South Wales

Distinguished Service Order

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

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action, 7 May 1915.

Wounded in action (slightly) (second occasion), 6-9 August 1915; remained at duty.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 5 September 1915, and transferred to 1st Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 9 September 1915 (enteritis); to 1st General Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 October 1915 (debility/dysentery); to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 30 October 1915.

Joined 3rd Bn as Commanding Officer, Tel el Kebir, 9 January 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn, 21 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 December 1917.

Transferred to 54th Bn as Commanding Officer, 18 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 9 April 1918 (lower left leg), and admitted to 41st Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 9 April 1918.

Medals: Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCONAGHY David

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