John Austin MAHONY MC

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MAHONY, John Austin

Service Number: 1056
Enlisted: 8 March 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia , January 1894
Home Town: Parkville, Victoria
Schooling: Hansonville State School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Montbrehain, France, 9 October 1918
Cemetery: Tincourt New British Cemetery
Plot VII, Row A, Grave 20
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1056
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1056, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1056, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 24th Infantry Battalion
30 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1056, 24th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
27 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
12 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
20 Oct 1916: Honoured Military Cross
1 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
7 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
23 Apr 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion, Temporary role of Captain, whilst Commanding A Company
23 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
5 Oct 1918: Involvement Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion, Montbrehain, Wounded 5 October and died of those wounds 9 October 1918.

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 25 and the son of John and Mary Ann Mahony, of Hansonville, Victoria, Australia.

In the United Kingdom, he is remembered in the Ilford War Memorial Gazette, in the Ilford War Memorial Hall  and on the Merrymeeters Roll of Honour. The Merrymeeters Roll of Honour is  held in the archive collection at Redbridge Information and Heritage, and commemorates a group of friends, neighbours and relatives known as the ‘Merrymeeters’ who served in the First World War. Many of the group were based in and around Seven Kings and may have got to know each other after moving into the area, shortly after it was developed in 1898-9. The names of those who served, their rank and regiment are presented next to the outcome of their service.

The inscription on his wargrave reads:

HE WORE THE WHITE ROSE OF A BLAMELESS LIFE R.I.P.

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