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John James SHEEHAN

Regimental number430
Place of birthMaclean, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressMaclean, Clarence River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ellen Sheehan, Maclean, Clarence River, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date25 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 13, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For bravery in the field.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Discharge date11 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2688 Pte Hubert SHEEHAN, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 December 1918; 130 Pte William Richard SHEEHAN, 49th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917; 5178 Pte Thomas Edward SHEEHAN, 47th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 20 October 1916; transferred to A38 'Ulysses', Sierre Leone, 5 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916. Transferred to 5th Divisional Machine Gun Company, 13 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 May 1917; taken on strength, 12th Machine Gun Company, 22 June 1917. To hospital, sick, 16 January 1918; rejoined unit from hospital,22 January 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Swakopmund', 15 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 August 1919; discharged, 11 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death8 June 1978
Place of burialLawn Cemetery, Maclean, New South Wales

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