Clarence Roy MCKERIHAN

MCKERIHAN, Clarence Roy

Service Number: 2139
Enlisted: 26 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, 6 May 1896
Home Town: Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Clerk
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World War 1 Service

26 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2139, 4th Infantry Battalion
16 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 2139, 4th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Karoola embarkation_ship_number: A63 public_note: ''
16 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 2139, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Of the original 155 men of the sixth reinforcements 4th Battalion only three men stayed unwounded and healthy with the unit until they were evacuated from Gallipoli at the end of December. One of them was Clarence Roy McKerihan, who in 1916, whilst on leave, became the first Australian soldier to climb Mont Blanc. Clarence was transferred to the 56th Battalion and was awarded the MSM during the war. He represented the AIF rugby union team in 1919 when it toured England. His brother, Lieutenant Harold McKerihan, 2nd Battalion AIF, died of wounds inflicted during the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915.  After the war McKerihan became chairman of the State Bank of New South Wales and was knighted in 1961 for his voluntary services, especially with the WW2 Australian Comforts Fund.