Service Number: 2225
Enlisted: 18 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warrion, Victoria, Australia, July 1888
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Warrion State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, King George V Hospital, Dublin, Ireland , 19 June 1918
Cemetery: Glenkeen Old Graveyard
Glenkeen Cemetery (Roman Catholic Portion), Tipperary, Ireland
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Colac Soldier's Memorial
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18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2225, 45th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2225, 45th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2225, 45th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
30 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2225, 45th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, GSW to left foot Later deemed to be Accidental or Self-Inflicted Injuries was completed on 25th April, 1918

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 19th June..Private John Quinane was born at Warrion, near Colac, Victoria in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 18th February, 1916 as a 27 year old, single, Labourer, from (Coffee Palace, George Street) Sydney, NSW.

Private John Quinane embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on HMAT Wiltshire (A18) on 22nd August, 1916 with the 45th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 13th October, 1916 where he would receive further training before being sent to the War Front.

Private Quinane proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone on “Princess Henrietta” on 8th January, 1917 from 12th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire. He joined 45th Battalion in the Field on 18th January, 1917 & was sent to Field Ambulance on 24th February, 1917 with Trench Feet. He was transferred to Hospital at Rouen then embarked on Hospital Ship for England on 1st March, 1917.

Private Quinane was admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England on 3rd March, 1917 then was transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on 28th March, 1917. He was granted furlo from 5th April, 1917 to 19th April, 1917 & was then to report to Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire.

Private Quinane proceeded overseas to France on 5th July, 1917 & rejoined 45th Battalion on 26th July, 1917.

Private John Quinane was injured on 30th March, 1918. He was admitted to 12th Field Ambulance with a bullet wound to foot then transferred & admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital the same day. Private Quinane embarked on Hospital Ship on 13th April, 1918 & was admitted to War Hospital at Reading, England with a gunshot wound to left foot (severe).

A Report on Accidental or Self-Inflicted Injuries was completed on 25th April, 1918. The report stated that “At about 11 pm 29.3.18 when the company of which Pte Quinane is a member was getting ready to proceed to front line, the Coy Commander saw him trying to unload and then walked on. When he had gone about 10 yds he heard a shot went back and found Quinane had been shot through the foot. On examining the rifle four bullets were found in the magazine and an empty case in the breach chamber. At the time Quinane was told to unload the clip had not been forced into the magazine and the bolt was not closed.” Major D. Browne, 12th Australian Field Ambulance, stated that Private John Quinane received a “bullet wound to foot. Will probably incapacitate Pte Quinane for active service.”

Private Quinane was granted furlo from 21st May, 1918 until 4th June, 1918 & was to report to No. 4 Command Depot.

Private Quinane was reported as A.W.L. (Absent without leave) on 4th June, 1918.

Private John Quinane was admitted to King George V Hospital, Dublin, Ireland - dangerously ill on 15th June, 1918. He died at 2.45 am on 19th June, 1918 from Pneumonia.

Private John Quinane was buried on 21st June, 1918 in Glenkeen Old Graveyard, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland – Plot (South-west of ruins, on West Boundary) in a private grave with a private funeral. From the Burial Report – The deceased soldier was buried privately by cousin Mr J. Cahill, Holy Cross, Thurles Co. Tipperary, at Glenkeen Cemetery near Borrisoleigh nearest railway station, Thurles Co. Tipperary.

Names of relatives or friends present at the funeral - cousin Mr J. Cahill, Holy Cross, Thurles Co. Tipperary.
Private John Quinane is the only Commonwealth War Grave in the graveyard.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)