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Michael McGILLIAN

Regimental number29
Place of birthDraperstown, Co Londonderry, Ireland
Other NamesMCGILLAN (from Roll of Honour Records)
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressRoyal Military College, Duntroon (now ACT), New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7.375"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMrs McGillian, Bellensueen, Draperstown, Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in the Royal Field Artillery, British Army.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Barcley and Annie McGILLAN
Discharge date18 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915. Wounded in action, 7 August 1915 (bullet wound, left arm); admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 10 August 1915; transferred to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 11 August 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 29 September 1915. To Divisional Headquarters, 9 December 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 6 April 1916; taken on strength, 1st Anzac Light Horse Regiment, 21 August 1916.

Found guilty, 7 May 1917, of being absent without leave, 2-4 May 1917: forfeited total of 10 days' pay.

Detached from 1st Anzac Army Corps to Australian General Base Depot pending transfer to Infantry Battalion, 9 September 1917; taken on strength, 14th Bn, in the field, 14 October 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 December 1917 (rheumatism); transferred same day to 21st Casualty Clearing Station; to 16th General Hospital, Le Treport, 29 December 1917; to England, 9 January 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 10 January 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 February 1918; discharged on furlough, 9 February 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 15 June 1918; discharged, Sydney, 18 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 November 1938
Age at death64
Place of burialStraw Cemetery, Draperstown, Ireland
SourcesNAA: B2455, McGILLIAN Michael

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