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Regimental number84
Place of birthTownsville, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAyr, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, William Cannavan, Home Hill, Ayr, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Discharge date5 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 983 Pte Patrick CANNAVAN, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 February 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 May 1916; detrained Hazebrouck, 8 May 1916.

Admitted to 138th Field Ambulance, 5 July 1916 (sprained ankle, slight: injured by fall of earth); rejoined unit, 13 July 1916.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, 9 October 1916, on charge of when on Active Service disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer, in that he at Covent Garden Advanced Billet on 1st October 1916 refused to carry firewood when ordered to do so by No 278 Corporal A.J. Smith, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company (Section 9-2); pleaded guilty: awarded 42 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 47th Duivisional Rest Station, 9 March 1917 (mumps), and transferred same day to 7th General Hospital, St Omer; discharged to Base Details, 28 March 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 29 March 1917.

Found guilty, 29 August 1917, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 10 am, 26 August, till 10 am, 27 August 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 1/1 West Riding Field Ambulance, 3 March 1918 (myalgia), and transferred same day to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 34, 5 March 1918, and admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 19 March 1918; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 19 March 1918; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 23 March 1918; rejoined unit, 12 April 1918.

Admitted to 5th Canadian Field Ambulance, 2 May 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 19th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1918; to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 7 May 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 11 May 1918; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 18 May 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 28 May 1918.

On leave, 9 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 25 August 1918.

Admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 December 1918 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); transferred to Ambulance Train No 4, 23 December 1918, and admitted to 7th General Hospital, Wimereux, 25 December 1918; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 30 December 1918; to England, 15 January 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 January 1919; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 27 February 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 69 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Khyber', 31 March 1919; disembarked Brisbane, 21 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 5 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANNAVAN Peter

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