Patrick Francis RYAN DCM, MiD


RYAN, Patrick Francis

Service Numbers: 212, 53544
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Smythesdale, Victoria, 9 March 1883
Home Town: Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Killed in Action, France, 18 September 1918, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Smythesdale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 212, 6th Light Horse Regiment
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 212, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
5 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 212, 6th Light Horse Regiment
18 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 2nd Infantry Battalion
17 Jan 1918: Discharged AIF WW1
8 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 53544, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 May 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 53544, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, RMS Osterley, Sydney
10 May 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Osterly
29 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 53544, 54th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 54th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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"Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Patrick Francis Ryan, 2nd Battalion, of Smythesdale, Vic. A station hand prior to enlisting on 18 September 1914, he first served as a corporal (regimental number 212) with B Squadron, 6th Light Horse Regiment and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Suevic on 21 December 1914. On 5 March 1915 he was promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on 14 January 1916 ‘for conspicuous gallantry during September 1915 in the trenches at Lone Pine (Dardanelles). When he was on one occasion for forty-eight hours continuously in charge of his Regiment bomb-throwers under heavy fire’. He was wounded in action on 26 June 1917 at Bullecourt. On 18 October 1917 he was commissioned as a Captain (Capt) with the 2nd Battalion. Capt Ryan returned to Australia on 18 October 1917.

He re-enlisted on 19 February 1918 as a Private (Pte) and was assigned regimental number 53544 serving with the 3rd (NSW) Reinforcements. He embarked from Sydney aboard RMS Osterley on 8 May 1918. Pte Ryan was killed in action on 18 September 1918 in France whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion, aged 35 years." - SOURCE (


Born in Smythesdale Victoria, Patrick Ryan had his commission terminated after his return to Australia in October 1917 on medical grounds (duodenal ulcer). He re-enlisted in February 1918 and cited his address as Kogarah, New South Wales (an inner-southern suburb of Sydney).  He was appointed acting Company Sergeant Major on the "Osterly" for the journey to Europe.  He was re-appointed to the rank of Lieutenant with the 54th Battalion, before being transferred to the 2nd Battalion shortly after his return to France in July 1918. He was detached to the 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery for about one month before returning to the Battalion in early September.  He was killed in action on the 18th September.