Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
12/04/1916-Joined 16th Battalion 19th Reinforcements at Blackboy Hill Camp WA as Private
07/08/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard “Miltiades” bound for England
25/09/1916- Disembarked Plymouth England to 4th Training Battalion Codford
21/12/1916-Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex. Folkestone
2/01/1917-Joined 16th Battalion in the field France
31/01/1917-Admitted 14 Stationary Hospital Boulogne France ( Mumps ) ex.39 Casualty Clearing Station
3/02/1917-Transferred Convalescent Depot Rouen
21/02/1917-Discharged from Hospital to Base Depot Etaples
18/03/1917-Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex. Base Depot
11/04/1917-Reported Wounded/Missing in Action France
11/04/1917-Reported Captured by Germans and taken PRISONER OF WAR Verincourt Bapaume France
11/04/1917-Reported in the hands of the Germans in Prison Camp near Valenciennes France
13/06/1917-Reported Died of Wounds ( Right Hip Broken by Grenade Shattered Leg )whilst held as German POW in Valenciennes Camp
13/06/1917-CWGC-advice of Cemetery Name-Valenciennes ( St Roch ) Communal Cemetery Valenciennes France.
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
British War Medal – No. 45542
Victory Medal – No. 45022
Memorial Plaque/Scroll- No. 329341.
Bunbury High School War Memorial Honour Board ( On display at RSL Bunbury),
Bunbury Roll of Honour WA
Bunbury War Memorial, WA
Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT- Panel No. 80
Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Vic.
PRISONER OF WAR – RED CROSS FILES SUMMARY
9/07/1917- London- From German List dated 16/06/1917- ” Missing 11/04/1917. Prisoner of War – Interred at Limburg from front , – Captured Bapaume 11/04/1917 “.
23/07/1917- London- From Censors Extract from letter to Mrs Bright 72 Wellington Avenue Wavetree Liverpool- ” Prisoner of War – Wounded “.
8/08/1917- London- From German List dated 3/07/1917- ” Prisoner of War. Wounded Right Hip, – Reported Lazarette Valenciennes “.
21/09/1917- London- From German Nachlass List dated 27/08/1917 – ” Prisoner of War. Died 13/06/1917 “.
4/10/1917- London- From German Grave List dated 27/08/1917- ” Prisoner of War. Buried Military Cemetery Valenciennes – Coffin No. 240
9/10/1917- London- From German Death List dated 4/09/1917- ” Prisoner of War. Died 13/06/1917 Lazarett Valenciennes – Death following on injury to hip “.
23/11/1918- London- Letter received from German Red Cross Berlin dated 17/09/1918- ” In reply to yours of 24/05/1918: Born 3/10/1893, Died on 13/06/1917, at 1.15 p.m. from general blood posoning after shattering of the right hip and compound fracture of the thigh. He is buried in the Cemetery At valenciennes, grave No. 780 Coffin No. 240. No personal effects were left “.
10/09/1919- London – ” Prisoner of War. Identity disc found at German War Office Berlin and forwarded by Captain Mills 1/09/1919. Handed over to AIF Headquarters 6/09/1919 “.
23/09/1919- London- ” Died Prisoner of War. Head Quarters have not received any personal effects from either the German or Australian Authorities “
9/10/1919- London- From Prussian War Office Central Information Bureau Berlin 20/09/1919- ” Prisoner of War. Translation of German Death Certificate received from Captain Mills and passed on to AIF Headquarters 29/09/1919 “.
4/3/1918- The following transcript is of a letter from the soldier’s mother ( Mrs McKernan ) of Stirling Street Bunbury, to Miss Dealin- ” Dear Madam, Can you give me any particulars of my Dear Son’s Death- 6059 Pte. E. W. McKernan 19th Reinforcements 16th Battalion. He was taken prisoner on the 11th April . I had a postcard partly written by him Dated June 1st saying he was improving and hoped to be about soon. Reported he died on the 13th June in Lazarette Hospital. Oh if I only knew if he left a message for me or that any of his mates was with him at the last. He had a wrist watch and pocket wallet both keepsakes , I wonder what became of them. The Military never told me he was wounded but he said on his Postcard his wound was healing nicely so dont really know what was the matter with him. Sometimes I feel desperate so please forgive me for thinking , but there is so much I would like to know. I lost Husband and Son within a few months so can’t help feeling lonely. Wishing you will forgive me for troubling you. I remain yours respectfully, M. McKernan “.