19/08/1914-To 11th Battalion 3rd Infantry Brigade as Private
2/03/1915- Embarked Alexandria with Meditteranean Expeditionary Forces for Gallipoli Peninsula
22/04/1915- Transferred with Reinforcements to Lemnos Island
24/04/1915- Admitted Hospital Mudros Lemnos ( Sickness ) then embarked for Alexandria Egypt
29/07/1915- Embarked Egypt for Australia per ” Hororata ”
25/08/1915- Disembarked Fremantle to No. 8 Australian General Hospital ( Medically Unfit )
11/10/1915- Discharged from Hospital Fremantle

22/11/1915- Re- enlisted and Embarked Fremantle on ” Mongolia “- Issued New Service Number 4054
14/12/1915- Disembarked Egypt ex Australia
2/03/1916-joined 11th Battalion “C” Company in the field Habieta Egypt as Private
15/03/1916-Appointed Lance Corporal in the field Serapeum Egypt
31/03/1916-Promoted Corporal Sinzelle Egypt
5/04/1916-Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria
9/05/1916-Transferred 3rd Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery in the field France
24/07/1916-Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Right Thigh ) ex 1/2 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station
26/07/1916-Admitted 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital Outrean France
10/08/1916-Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Hospital
13/08/1916-Promoted SERGEANT in the field France
10/05/1917-Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Left Thigh Left Shoulder Left Arm )
10/05/1917-Admitted Hospital Etaples France
11/05/1917-Evacuated/Admitted Reading War Hospital England ex Boulogne France
30/07/1917-Admitted 3rd Aust Aux Hospital Dartford England
31/07/1917-Granted Leave England
14/08/1917-To Training Depot Perham Downs
5/09/1917-Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton ex Perham Downs
24/09/1917-Rejoined Battery in the field France ex Wounded
14/11/1917-Granted Leave Paris
28/12/1917-Wounded in Action France ( Severe Gunshot Wound Left Thigh ) ex 2nd Aust Field Ambulance ex 3rd Aust Field Ambulance ex 2nd Aust Casualty Clearing Station
30/12/1917-Admitted 53rd General Hospital Boulogne France
3/01/1918-Evacuated/Admitted General Military Hospital Colchester England
14/01/1918-Granted Leave England
28/01/1918-To No. 3 Command Depot Hurdcott England
7/03/1918-To Overseas Training Battalion Longbridge Deverill
27/03/1918-Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton ex Longbridge Deverill
5/04/1918-Rejoined Battery in the field France
10/08/1918-Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Right Shoulder ) ex 8th Aust Field Ambulance ex 55th Casualty Clearing Station
10/08/1918-Awarded DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL -Conspicuous Gallantry near LIHONS France
16/08/1918-Evacuated/Admitted 2/1 Southern General Hospital Dudley Road Birmingham England
12/09/1918-Granted Leave England
1/11/1918-Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton ex Longbridge Deverill
22/11/1918-Rejoined Unit in the field France
30/12/1918-To Brussels on Duty
27/01/1919-Rejoined Unit in the field France
4/02/1919-To Overseas Training Brigade Weymouth England ex Aust General Base Depot France for Return to Australia
15/03/1919-Embarked England for Australia per “Tres Os Montes”

 

DISTINGUISHED  CONDUCT  MEDAL

Date of Recommendation : 12 October 1916

 

 

” At YPRES on 28 September did splendid work in assisting to dig out two men buried by an enemy shell that exploded in an emplacement burying them.  It tokk two hours to get the men out- most of the time he was exposed heavy mortar bomb or shell fire “.

 

” For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations N. W. of LIHONS on August 10th 1916.  Sgt. McSWEENEY  was in charge of Stokes mortar during the advance of the Brigade on the morning of August 10th.  Seeing that the advance was being held up by heavy Machine Gun fire from the left Flank, he on his own initiative moved his gun forward with twenty rounds of ammunition, across country affording  very little cover  and in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire  and succeeded in getting his gun into action within two hundred and fifty yards of the enemy, and was able to bring such accurate fire to bear on the enemy, that one hostile Machine Gun was silenced by a direct hit with his third shot.  Sgt. McSWEENEY then brought fire to bear on an enemy strongpost & Machine Gun, fearlessly exposing himself to obtain better observation for his gun, which he worked  so effectively that the Machine Gun was silenced and the enemy temporarily driven from the post, enabling our Vickers & Lewis Guns to inflict heavy casualties on them.  Sgt. McSWEENEY was seriously wounded just as he had fired his last round , but in spite of his wounds , he insisted on staying at his gun until he had sent back a report of the situation to the Section Officer , who was thus enabled to hurry forward more ammunition “.

 

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : 15 April 1920

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : Page  582,  Position  22

Date of London Gazette : 10 January 1920

Location in London Gazette : Page  476,  Position  10.