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William McMAHON

Regimental number2156
Place of birthLimerick, Co Limerick, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 6.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Catherine McMahon, Loughill, county Limerick, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentNarrabri, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916. Found guilty, 23 March 1916, of being absent without leave, 1500-2100, 23 March: awarded 12 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 12 days' pay. Taken on strength, 31st Bn, 25 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916, and admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound,face, slight); transferred to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 29 July 1916; to England, and admitted to Military Hospital, Edmonton Road, 22 July 1916; transferred to County of London War Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, 21 August 1916. Discharged from hospital (date not recorded) and marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 5 October 1916. Granted furlough, 6 October 1916; reported back from furlough, 21 October 1916. Marched out to No 5 Camp, Durrington, 2nd Training Bn, 11 December 1916.

Found guilty, 6 July 1917, of being absent without leave, Durrington, from 2400, 5 July, till he reported back at tattoo, 5 July 1917: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeiture of a total of 8 days' pay. Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Suevic', 27 September 1917, for change (nervous debility); disembarked Melbourne, 19 November 1917, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), 22 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McMAHON William

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