Clement Aloysius Joseph MAHONY

MAHONY, Clement Aloysius Joseph

Service Numbers: 935A, 935
Enlisted: 26 November 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia , Australia, 19 March 1888
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter
Died: Killed in Action, France , 11 April 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 935A, 9th Light Horse Regiment
26 Jan 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 935A, 9th Light Horse Regiment
4 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 935, 9th Light Horse Regiment
1 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, 935, 9th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: Surnname recorded incorrectly as Mahoney on original record
1 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, 935, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
7 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 935, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Clem Mahony was the son of James and Susan (nee Smith) of Port Broughton.  Clem’s father James was a carpenter whose work included St Margaret’s Catholic Church and the front of the original institute at Port Broughton and the Catholic Presbytery at Snowtown. He was also the first clerk of the Mundoora District Council, when it was formed in 1892. 

Clem was born at Norwood on 19 March 1888. From Port Broughton, Clem was a 27 year old pipe fitter employed at the Beetaloo Waterworks when he enlisted on 26 November 1914.

Clem embarked with 4th Reinforcements 9 Light Horse Regiment from Outer Harbour, on 1 April 1914 aboard HMAT A17 “Port Lincoln”. He landed on Gallipoli in May and was there for 6 months before, suffering from rheumatism, he was invalided to Malta and then to England. He proceeded overseas to France in September 1916 and was taken on strength of C Coy 48 Battalion on 7 October. Clem was killed in action at Bullecourt on 11 April 1917.

“Regarding 935a Pte. C. Mahony. I can state that he was in my platoon and well known to me. I was with him when he fell at Bullecourt, about 300 yards from German Hindenburg lines. We were running forward to take the position, so that I can only presume that he was killed, and that presumption has grown stronger since no tidings have come back from Germany. He would have been looked after by his comrades, but after a few hours the enemy routed us and we were forced to retire to our original position 1400 yards back.” - Sgt. J. W. Smith 1614. Clem was 29 years old and has no known grave.