John Francis BYRNE


BYRNE, John Francis

Service Numbers: 1119/2182, 1119, 2182
Enlisted: 14 September 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bally Valley, Killaloe, Co Clare, Ireland, January 1889
Home Town: Box Hill, Whitehorse, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pleurisy & Effusion, General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex, England, 5 January 1918
Cemetery: Colchester Cemetery
Colchester Cemetery (Plot T, Row 5, Grave No. 62), Essex, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1119/2182, 6th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 1119, 6th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 1119, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
26 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2182, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
17 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 58th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 58th Infantry Battalion
5 Jan 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 2182, 58th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 29 and the son of Patrick and Alicia Byrne, of Bally Valley, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 5th January........Corporal John Francis Byrne was born at Bally Valley, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland around 1889. He came to Australia & enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th September, 1914 as a 25 year old Labourer from Box Hill, Victoria.

Private Byrner left Alexandria, Egypt on 5th April, 1915 for Gallipoli with 6th Battalion. He was wounded on 25/26th July,1915 with shrapnel wounds to his left side and invalided to Malta then England & was admitted to Military Hospital, Lewisham, London, England on 26th August, 1915. He was discharged to furlo on 8th September, 1915.

Private Byrner arrived back at Alexandria on 13th January, 1916. He was transferred to 58th Battalion on 17th February, 1916.
Private Byrner arrived in France on 23rd June, 1916. He was sent to England on Furlough for 2 weeks in January, 1917 & rejoined 58th Battalion on 9th February, 1917.

Private Byrne was promoted to Temporary Corporal on 20th June, 1917 & then promoted to Corporal on 1st August, 1917.
Corporal Byrne was sent sick to hospital on 16th October, 1917 & eventually transferred to England on 21st October, 1917 with pleurisy.

Corporal Byrne was admitted to General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex, England on 22nd October, 1917 with Pleurisy. He died at 7.45 am on 5th January, 1918 from Pleurisy & Effusion.

Corporal John Francis Byrne was buried at 2 pm on 9th January, 1918 in Colchester Cemetery, Colchester, Essex, England where 10 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.