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John McKERN

Regimental number4767
Place of birthKillachanda, Co Cavan, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address43 Albany Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 3.75"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs W Martin, 5 Inverness Road, Hounston, England
Previous military serviceServed in the 21st Field Battery.
Enlistment date9 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Persia on 10 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917
Discharge date11 June 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 10 August 1915; taken on strength of Divisional Ammunition Column, 7 October 1917, and posted to No 1 Section, Alexandria. Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, Tel-el-Kebir, 14 March 1916; taken on strength of 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 22 March 1916, and posted to 57th Field Artillery Battery mustered as a driver, Ferry Post, 19 May 1916; mustered as gunner, Ferry Post, 16 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 17 June 1916, and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force; disembarked Marseilles, 26 June 1916. On command to Artillery School, London, 16 August 1916; rejoined unit in the field, 28 September 1916.

Admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 9 December 1916, and transferred to Ambulance Train, 10 December 1916 (bronchitis); to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 11 December 1916; to Ambulance Train, 17 December 1916. Embarked Calais on HS 'Carisbrook Castle' and proceeded to England, 17 December 1916; admitted to 1st London General Hospital, 19 December 1916; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 10 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 19 January 1917. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 February 1917.

Embarked Plymouth and commenced return to Australia on 'Beltana', 17 March 1917; disembarked Sydney, 12 May 1917. Discharged as being medically unfit for service, Sydney, 11 June 1917 (bronchitis).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKERN John

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