Clifford John MCWHIRTER MM


MCWHIRTER, Clifford John

Service Number: 1636
Enlisted: 19 August 1915, Perth, WA
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Rose Park, South Australia, 7 May 1896
Home Town: Bakers Hill, Northam, Western Australia
Schooling: Grange Public School & Muirden College, South Australia
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Gun shot wounds to chest, Palestine, 6 October 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel
Row B, Grave 44
Memorials: Henley Fulham Uniting Church Supreme Sacrifice Roll WW1, Kings Park 10th Light Horse Regiment Memorial WA, Northam Fallen, Rose Park Public School WW1 Honour Board, Wooroloo Rifle Club & Residents WW1 Roll of Honour Board 2
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1636, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Perth, WA
22 Nov 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 1636, 10th Light Horse Regiment
22 Nov 1915: Embarked Corporal, SN 1636, 10th Light Horse Regiment, RMS Mongolia, Fremantle
29 Apr 1917: Honoured Military Medal, For bravery in the Field
18 Jun 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Light Horse Regiment
15 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Light Horse Regiment
20 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1636, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Gun shot wounds to chest
6 Oct 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 10th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Clifford John McWHIRTER was born on 7th May, 1896 in Rose Park, South Australia

His parents were John McWHIRTER & Effie May DEAN who married in South Australia on 25th September, 1889

He enlisted in Perth, WA on 19th August, 1915 and embarked with the 10th Light Horse Regiment, 12th reinforcements on the ship Mongolia from Fremantle WA on 22nd November, 1915

He worked his way through the ranks to Lieutenant

Private 26.8.15

Lance Corporal 31.10.17

Corporal 1.11.17

Temporary Sergeant 28.2.18

Commissioned - 2nd Lieutenant 15.6.18

Lieutenant 15.9.18

He was wounded with gunshot wound to chest 20.9.18 - admitted to Ambulance station

Clifford died from his wounds on 6th October, 1918 and is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel, Row B, Grave 44

Medals: Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field 29.4.17

1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal