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John Joseph FAHEY

Regimental number755
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLengthsman
AddressCairns, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 9"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M A Fahey, Plevna Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 22 years,6 months in the British Army; time expired.
Enlistment date8 February 1917
Place of enlistmentCairns, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollMachine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 November 1919
Discharge date13 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Joined 11th Depot Bn, 17 February 1917; sent to Isolation Camp, Ascot Vale, 25 August 1917; transferred to Machine Gun Depot, Bendigo, 14 September 1917. Embarked, Melbourne on board H.M.A.T 'Nestor,' 21 November 1917; disembarked (sick) to Segregation Camp, Alexandria, 2 January 1918; transferred to Misc. Details, Australian Camp, Suez, 22 January 1918.

Re-embarked, Alexandria on board HMT 'Abbassieh,' 29 January 1918; disembarked, Southampton, 16 February 1918.

Marched in to 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 16 February 1918; promoted Acting Lance Corporal, 25 February 1918.

Found guilty, 28 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 11.59 pm, 21 March 1918, until 2.00 pm, 27 March 1918: case dismissed by Major Brown.

Reverted to rank of Private, 10 April 1918; transferred to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 10 April 1918; taken on strength, Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 10 April 1918. Transferred to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 May 1918; taken on strength, No2 Command Depot, No 5 Group Permanent Cadre, Weymouth, 28 October 1918; promoted Temporary Sergeant, 28 October 1918; detached from No 5 Group, Permanent Cadre to No 2 Group, Permanent Cadre, 1 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas,' 22 November 1919; disembarked Sydney, 12 January 1920; discharged, Brisbane, 13 February 1920.

Medal: British War Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FAHEY John Joseph

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