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Regimental number747
Place of birthWarren Point, Co Down, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Donnan, East Street, Warren Point, Co Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Rolla Prov C
FateDischarged 21 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 23 June 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 10 March 1917. Marched out to BF Course, 13 March 1917; rejoined unit, 24 March 1917. Marched out to Anti-Gas School, 1 May 1917; rejoined unit, 6 May 1917.

Found guilty, 7 May 1917, of (1) failing to appear on parade when his Company moved off from billets to trenches (2) absent without leave 8-10 pm: reverted to the ranks.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left thigh); admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 11 June 1917; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 21 June 1917; to 11th Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 27 June 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 29 July 1917; marched out to unit, 19 August 1917; rejoined unit, 21 August 1917.

On leave to England, 18 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 4 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 30 April 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance; transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 May 1918; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 2 May 1918; to 73rd General Hospital, Trouville, 4 May 1918; to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 28 May 1918 (gas blister, thigh); to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 29 May 1918; discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 7 June 1918 (boils); rejoined unit, 18 June 1918.

Wounded in action (3rd occasion), 8 August 1918 (gun shot wound, arm); admitted to 4th General Hospital, Etaples, 8 August 1918; transferred to England and admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, 13 August 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 August 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 August 1918; marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 September 1918; marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 17 September 1918; marched out for duty with Headquarters, AIF Depots in the United Kingdom, 2 December 1918; marched out for duty with Australian Provost Corps, 12 December 1918.

Discharged from the AIF in London, 21 August 1919.

Total war service: 3 years 213 days (of which 3 years 112 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONNAN John

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