Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
14/07/1915- Completed Medical Examination Pinjarra WA
20/07/1915- To 16 Depot Company as Private
16/08/1915- To 32nd Battalion ” D ” Company
19/12/1915- To Training Battalion Tel-el-Kebir Egypt
23/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria Egypt
20/07/1916- Reported Wounded ( Gunshot Wound Right Knee ) and MISSING IN ACTION France
20/07/1916- Reported Captured and taken as PRISONER OF WAR at Fleurbaix France- Initially Interred Dulmen then Minden Camp Germany
3/12/1918- Repatriated Prisoner of War- Arrived Ripon England
10/01/1919- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England ex AIF Headquarters London
5/03/1919- Embarked Portland for Australia per ” Nevasa ”
13/04/1919- Disembarked Australia
13/06/1919- Discharged from Service
12/05/1937- Date of Death
Service Medals Awarded
1914/15/Star – No. 6400
British War Medal – No. 6602
Victory Medal – No. 6573
16/12/1918- Statement by 1230- Pte. CAHILL, P – 32nd Battalion to Administrative Headquarters London England
– Particulars of Capture – 20/07/1916 – Fleurbaix France
” My battalion took part in the attack launched against the German position near Fleurbaix on the evening of 19/07/1916. We reached our objective and spent the night digging in and consolidating our position in what appeared to have been a drain; some distance beyond the enemy second line. Early next morning we found that the Germans had somehow during the night regained possession of their front line. They came along communication saps and bombed us out of the trenches. Four of us were captured together- two of us were wounded. I was wounded in the right knee by a bullet. That night I saw Capt. White & Lieut. Mills of the 32nd Battalion. Both were up at the front and were the only Officers we saw. Lieut Mills was wounded in the right hand. I spent that night at a Dressing Station some seven kilometres behind the enemy line. Next day I was taken to Doullen where I was in hospital for 14 days. I was next moved into Germany , being first at Dulmen and then at Mindan. From Dulmen I was sent out ‘On Commands’ to Celde where we were laying the foundation for a line of light railway. There were about 18 Australians in this command of about 25. I was also on command at a Cement factory at Glenarich. I was here when the Armistice was signed on 11/11/1918. We were all mustered at Munster 1 and sent into Holland by train. I crossed from Rotterdam to Hull by the ‘Willochra’ on 3/12/1918. While I was in Hospital, Pte. Dan McKinnon of ‘ D ‘ Company 32nd Battalion died of wounds “
PRISONER OF WAR – RED CROSS FILES SUMMARY
29/08/1916- London- Certified by Card received from man dated 6/08/1916- ” Prisoner of War-Captured 20/07/1916- Gef. Dulmen i Westf. Coy 24 Barr 33A Group 3 “.
27/10/1916- London- Certified by Letter from Prisoner of War at Berne 19/10/1916 – ” Prisoner of War- Trans to Gef: Minden Gr. 4 “.
16/04/1917- London- Certified by German List dated 22/03/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Trans. Gef. Munster 1- Bullet Wound Knee “.
10/12/1918- London- Certified by List from AIF Headquarters 6/12/1918- ” Repatriated Prisoner of War- Arrived Hull 3/12/1918 “.