Michael James TOOHEY


TOOHEY, Michael James

Service Number: 4496
Enlisted: 18 January 1915, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Happy Valley, South Australia, 9 May 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Goodwood Public School
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Died of wounds, France, 9 December 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goodwood Public School WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 4496, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 4496, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Borda, Adelaide
9 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4496

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Sergeant Michael James Toohey, who died from wounds in France on December 9, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Toohey, of Milner-street, Richmond. He was born at Happy Valley, 21 years ago, and received his education at the Goodwood Public School. He enlisted in January, 1915, and sailed overseas on May 23 of the same year. He served on Gallipoli, in Egypt, and in France, and gained his sergeant's stripes. Just prior to his death he had written to his parents to the effect that he had been notified that he would be sent to England shortly to study for a commission. Prior to his enlistment he was in the employ of the late Mrs. Thomas, of Malvern. He was of a bright and cheerful disposition, made many friends, and was esteemed by all who knew him. Mr. and Mrs. Toohey have an elder son, Lance-Corporal W. O. Toohey, in the firing line in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 20 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)