|Place of birth||Derryadd, Lurgan, Co Armagh, Ireland|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Father, Patrick Canavan, Derryadd, Lungan, Armagh, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Townsville, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||Machine Gun Company 13, Reinforcement 5|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||24/18/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||396A|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Driver|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Machine Gun Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916. Marched in to Machine Gun Training Depot, 15 December 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 17 March 1917. Mustered as Driver, 22nd Machine Gun Company, 1 January 1917.
Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 13 July 1917 (syphilis); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 19 July 1917; date of discharge not recorded. Re-admitted to 39th General Hospital, 28 July 1917 (acne vulgaris); to Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 8 September 1917; rejoined unit, 6 October 1917.
Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station, 16 January 1918 (scabies); rejoined unit, 21 January 1918.
Proceeded on leave to England, 14 August 1918; rejoined unit, 1 September 1918. Attached to uni-du-travail, Charleroi, 21 February 1918; rejoined unit, 28 March 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 30 March 1919; rejoined unit, 17 April 1919.
Commenced return to Australia from London on board 'Anchises', 23 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 13 October 1919; discharged, 28 November 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, CANAVAN Alexander|