Hugh QUINN

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QUINN, Hugh

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 August 1914
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Queensland, Australia, 6 May 1888
Home Town: Charters Towers, Charters Towers, Queensland
Schooling: Southport High School
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Killed in Action , Gallipoli, 29 May 1915, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boys Central School Great War Honor Board, Townsville Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1914: Enlisted Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Captain, SN Officer, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 15th Infantry Battalion
29 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Captain Hugh Quinn, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) from Charters Towers, Queensland...  He was a 26 year old public accountant and auditor prior to being appointed a Captain in the 2nd AN&MEF in September 1914. The force had been raised to capture the then German New Guinea, however, his participation in this action was short-lived, as a mutiny of the crew of his transport ship Kanowna led to the ship being recalled before he saw any action. After returning to Australia, he was appointed a Captain in the AIF on 28 September 1914 and embarked for overseas with E Company, 15th Battalion from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic. He landed at Gallipoli late in the afternoon of 25 April 1915 and in subsequent weeks served with the battalion in establishing and defending the ANZAC front line. His abilities in these actions saw his promotion to Major on 1 May 1915. Major Quinn was killed in action on 29 May 1915 and the place of his death became known as Quinn's Post in recognition of his service. He is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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