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Richard McGRATH

Regimental number1903
Place of birthCounty Kilkenny, Ireland
SchoolChristian Brothers, School, Nudgee, Queensland
Age on arrival in Australia9 months
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
AddressHill Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 11"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret McGrath, c/o Mrs Rooks, 'Coura', Hill Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
FateKilled in Action 12 December 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialWesthof Farm Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 7), Neuve-Eglise, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Margaret McGRATH, Raff Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Native of Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 19 February 1916, and taken on strength, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Taken on strength, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 56th Battery, Tel el Kebir, 27 March 1916. Mustered as Driver, 1 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916. Transferred to 25th Field Artillery Brigade, 8 July 1916; to 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 24 January 1917, and posted to 51st Battery.

On leave, 12 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 25 September 1917.

Killed in action, 12 December 1917; buried by Rev. J. Moore CF, 13 December 1917, at Westhof Farm Cemetery.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McGRATH Richard

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