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William Francis COUNAHAN

Regimental number5555
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNicol Street, Yarram Yarram, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 8.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Sarah Winifred Counahan, Nicol Street, Yarram Yarram, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 September 1917
Discharge date28 December 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; proceeded over seas to France, 13 December 1916; taken on strength of 22nd Bn, 18 December 1916; attached to 6th Light Trench Mortar Battery from 22nd Bn, 2 March 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 6 April 1917 (rheumatism); to Rouen Hospital, 25 April 1917; to Australian General Hospital, Roulles, 21 May 1917 (thrombosis of veins); to 'Grantully Castle', 21 June 1917; admitted to 6th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, England, 22 June 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 14 August 1917; to Weymouth Hospital, 22 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board the H.T. 'Borda' from London, 26 September 1917; disembarked, 21 November 1917; discharged, 28 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals returned, 10 May 1923.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COUNAHAN William Francis

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