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William Clarence DOWNEY

Regimental number4773
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia6 months
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 6.5"
Weight153.25 lbs
Next of kinFather, M D Downey, Okavaire via Oakland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 September 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Cerisy on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateDied of wounds 25 September 1918
Place of burialStoureridge Cemetery (Grave No. 6), Hereford and Worcester, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Jane DOWNEY, husband of Martha DOWNEY, 31 Third Street, Belfast, Ireland.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front.

Embarked, Brisbane, 28 March 1916; disembarked, Egypt, 5 May 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Hospital (influenza), Tel-el-Kebir, 13 May 1916; to 4th Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 28 May 1916; discharged, 29 may 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916; embarked, England, for France, 23 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 24 September 1916; proceeded to join the 15th Bn, 8 December 1916; taken on strength of 15th Bn, in the Field, 12 December 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound: left knee), 2 February 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 February 1917; to 10th General Hospital, Havre, 5 February 1917; to England, 9 February 1917; admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, England, 10 February 1917; to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 August 1917; discharged, 16 August 1917; and granted furlough until, 30 August 1917, to report to Weymouth Command Depot; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 30 August 1917; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 5 October 1917; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 16 November 1917; proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 10 January 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, France, 11 November 1918; marched out to unit, 13 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 18 January 1918.

Admitted to 92nd Field Ambulance (gassed: shell), 25 August 1918;to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 25 August 1918; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 August 1918; to England, 15 September 1918; to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England, 16 September 1918; died of wounds, 1st Southern General Hospital, England, 23 September 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOWNEY William Clarence

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