Henry MAHAFFEY MM+Bar

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MAHAFFEY, Henry

Service Number: 361
Enlisted: 3 September 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Boonah, Queensland, 5 February 1889
Home Town: Boonah, Scenic Rim, Queensland
Schooling: Boonah State School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 November 1916, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

3 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (left arm)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 9th Infantry Battalion
18 Aug 1916: Honoured Military Medal, Pozières
21 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 361, 9th Infantry Battalion, Pozières, GSW (left eye)
18 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 361, 49th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt
20 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 49th Infantry Battalion
20 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 361, 49th Infantry Battalion
23 Dec 1916: Honoured Military Medal and bar

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of William Andrew Mahaffey and Eliza Dimmick

"361 Lance Corporal Henry Mahaffey MM and Bar, 49th Battalion of Boonah, QLD. L Cpl Mahaffey embarked with C Company, 9 Infantry Battalion on HMAT Omrah on 24 September 1914 from Brisbane. L Cpl Mahaffey was killed in action in France on 20 November 1916 aged 28. His brother 4501 Corporal (Cpl) Andrew Mahaffey, 25th Battalion embarked with 11st Reinforcement, 25th Infantry Battalion on HMAT Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916 from Sydney. Cpl Mahaffey was killed in action in France on 24 March 1917, aged 30."SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"BOONAH, December 19.

Mr. W. A. Mahaffey has been notified that his son Corporal Henry Mahaffey, D.C.M., has been killed in action in France. Corporal Mahaffey left Australia with one of the first batches as a stretcher bearer. He was at the famous landing at Gallipoli, and while there he gained the D.C.M., being one of those who, under (then) Captain Dr. Butler, charged the enemy when they fired on the wounded, and afterwards divested themselves of clothing to bind up the wounds of the soldiers. He went through the Gallipoli campaign, and had since been in France. He was officially reported wounded on three different occasions-on the arm, hand, and eye."from the Brisbane Courier 20 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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