|Place of birth||Dunaghadee, Co Down, Ireland|
|Address||36 Regent Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, R McConnell, Drumford, Mill Isle, Dunaghadee, Co Down, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/34/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||57th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
'There is no man among the many fine stretcher bearers this Battalion has known whose work has been more consistently excellent than that of Stretcher Bearer McCONNELL. The period covered by this recommendation, the closing phases of the fighting, saw him at his finest. A big, quiet fellow, he became quite a familiar figure on the battle field trudging backwards and forwards with his stretcher, occasionally with a new mate, but carrying on steadily till one wondered how or where he got his reserve of endurance. Day and night he worked and without doubt it may be said that he was the means of saving lives. His record of brave services extends far back in the history of the Battalion and whilst he figured in no brilliant exploit his consistent faithful brave service merits recognition.'
|Fate||Returned to Australia
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 135
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 18 May 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to No 1 Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, Egypt, 19 May 1916; discharged to duty, 6 June 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days.
Transferred to 15th Infantry Brigade Details, 21 June 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.
Taken on strength, 57th Bn, Etaples, 22 July 1916.
Admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 February 1917 (alcoholism), and transferred same day to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital; transferred to No 1 General Hospital, 18 February 1917; to No 4 Convalescent Hospital, Havre, 24 February 1917; discharged, 3 March 1917; marched into No 5 Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 13 March 1917; rejoined unit, 19 March 1917.
To England on leave, 21 August 1917; rejoined unit, 6 September 1917.
Wounded in action, 26 September 1917 (contusion right forearm); rejoined unit, 1 October 1917.
Detached to 15th Brigade Headquarters for duty, 28 January 1919; rejoined unit, 4 March 1919.
Marched out to Australian General Base Depot for return to Australia, 24 March 1919; embarked Havre, 2 April 1919; disembarked Weymouth, England, 2 April 1919; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 April 1919.
Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT Orontes, 15 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 July 1919; discharged, 15 August 1919.Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, McCONNELL Edward|