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William Thompson McLENAGHAN

Regimental number5418
Place of birthColeraine, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBook keeper
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 10"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Mr Lenaghan, c/o Malcomes And Co, East London, S Africa
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918
Discharge date23 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HT 'Ceramic', 14 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 17 May 1916; allotted to 14th Training Bn, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Ivernia' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916; taken on strength of 56th Battalion, 26 July 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 28 August 1916 (gun shot wound over left eye, detached iris); transferred to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 1 September 1916. Embarked Boulogne on HS 'Jan Breydel' and proceeded to England, 15 September 1916; admitted to 1/5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester, 16 September 1916. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from furlough, 26 October 1916; moved out to 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 10 November 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone on 'Princess Henrietta', 31 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 1 January 1917; moved out to field, 6 January 1917, and rejoined unit, 7 January 1917.

Reported illness, 24 January 1917; admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 January 1917; to Ambulance Train, 26 January 1917; admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 February 1917. Embarked Harve on HS 'Formosa' and proceeded to England, 4 February 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 5 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 29 March 1917. Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 April 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 4 June 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 6 June 1917; moved out to field, 28 June 1917, and rejoined unit, 3 July 1917.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 4 July 1917, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station (pulmonary); to Ambulance Train, 8 July 1917; admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 July 1917; transferred to 1st Stationary Hospital, 17 July 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Harve, 18 July 1917; discharged to 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot; moved out to field, 24 August 1917, and rejoined unit, 26 August 1917.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 23 October 1917; discharged to duty, 2 November 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 5 November 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 November 1917; admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 21 November 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh); to Ambulance Train, 22 November 1917, and admitted to 14th Stationary Hospital. Proceeded to England on HS 'Princess Elizabeth', 29 November 1917; admitted to War Hospital, Croydon, 30 November 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 1 March 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Gaika', 12 May 1918 (bronchitis); disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1918. Discharged, Sydney, 23 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 March 1948
Place of burialLutwyche Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLENAGHAN William Thompson

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