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Regimental number598
Place of birthThebarton South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCamballie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinSister, Mrs Teresa Harrison, New Thebarton, South Australia
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'During our operations in the METEREN Setor on the night of 23rd/24th April, 1918, when our advance was held up by enemy machine gun fire, Private SHEEHAN volunteered to go forward with his platoon officer (Lieutenant F. STAHL, D.C.M.) to silence the enemy's gun. Another concealed gun however opened fire on them and the officer was wounded very severely. Private SHEEHAN was ordered by his officer to crawl back to safety; but he refused and regardless of danger carried Lieutenant STAHL back to our lines under heavy machine gun fire. Through his steadfast courage and devotion to duty he prevented Lieutenant STAHL from falling into the hands of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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