27/09/1916- Completed Medical Examination Blackboy Hill Camp WA &  allotted to 85 Depot Company as Private
14/11/1916-To 11th Battalion 23rd Reinforcements Blackboy Hill, WA
26/12/1916- Admitted to Ship’s Hospital at Sea ( Illness )
29/01/1917- Discharged to Duty on Board Ship ex Illness
16/02/1917- To Training Camp England ex Australia
18/02/1917-Admitted Devonport Military Hospital England
27/02/1917-Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot Perham Downs England
2/03/1917-To 3rd Training Battalion Durrington England
14/05/1917-Proceeded Overseas 1st Aust Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Durrington
28/05/1917-Joined 11th Battalion in the field France
10/10/1917-Admitted 3rd Aust Field Ambulance France ( Trench Feet )
12/10/1917-Admitted 26th General Hospital France
18/10/1917-Evacuated/Admitted No. 16 Canadian General Hospital Orpington England
23/11/1917-Granted Leave England
8/12/1917-To No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England ex Leave
9/02/1918-To Overseas Training Brigade Longbridge Deverill England
4/03/1918-Proceeded Overseas Aust Infantry Base Depot Havre France ex Southampton ex Longbridge Deverill
9/03/1918-Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Base Depot
24/08/1918-Wounded in Action France ( Multiple Gunshot Wounds Legs, Back, Scalp ) ex No. 15 Field Ambulance
28/08/1918-Admitted No. 1 USA General Hospital Etretat France
29/08/1918-DIED OF WOUNDS Etretat France, 4.30 a. m.

 

Service Medals Awarded

British War Medal – No. 55340

Victory Medal – No. 54500

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 350268

 

Memorial Inscriptions

Australian War Memorial Canberra – Panel No. 63

Bunbury War Memorial, Western Australia.

 

Details of Soldier’s Death

18/09/1918, Etretat, France -Informant – Captain. SOPER, W. B. –   M. C.  –  U. S. A. Commanding No 1 Presbyterean USA General Hospital – ” Pte. MORIARTY died in this Hospital at 4.30 am on the 29/08/1918 from the effects of Shell Wounds to the Legs, back and scalp. Left leg amputated at thigh. Spreading gas infection. Condition poor. Transfusion at 9.00pm on 28/08/1918. Operation 28/08/1918 at 9.30pm . Died 4.30 am on 29/08/1918.  Buried in Etretat Cemetery, Etretat, Le Havre, Haute – Normandie,  France Plot No. 2, Row P, Grave No. 6.  Services performed by Roman Catholic Chaplain “.

 

LETTERS TO ARMY FROM SOLDIER’S MOTHER – SUSANNA MORIARTY

26 March 1919 –  ” I beg to tender my sincere thanks to you for your kindness in sending my dear sons belongings home, also for doing them up so carefully “.

 

23 October, 1919 –  ” Please accept my sincere and grateful thanks for the photograph of my dear sons grave, which came safely to hand. I notice it is a wooden cross, I am afraid it will soon wear away. Will you kindly let me know if the Military are going to put anything better, and are they going to put railing round the grave. I wish I could afford to have a strong stone and an iron railing round my boys grave “.

AUTHORS NOTE

Francis Michael MORIARTY  was a Grandson of William MORIARTY, who was amongst the First Settlers in Australind, WA.