Andrew Arthur DONAGHEY

DONAGHEY , Andrew Arthur

Service Number: 783
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 30 January 1896
Home Town: Rose Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, South Australia, 11 November 1971, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park - South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Wall: 20 Row: K
Memorials: Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Gardens, Macclesfield Honour Roll WW1, Macclesfield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 783, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 783, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded SN 783, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Arthur born in 1896 enlisted in D Company of the 27th Battalion on 13 February 1915 aged 19 years with regimental number 783. This battalion was known as the “Dinkums” as a result of the CO telling his troops they were to do a “dinkum soldier’s job” on Gallipoli.

He embarked with his unit at Adelaide per HMAT A2 “Geelong’ on 31 May 1915. Arthur arrived in Egypt and after two months training embarked for Gallipoli via Lemnos and landing on 12th September where the unit would remain until the withdrawal on 12th December. Lord Kitchener had visited the trenches during the unit’s stay on Gallipoli. The unit suffered 10 killed and 65 wounded during operations on Gallipoli. During 1916, Arthur, still in D Company, served at Pozieres, Ypres and the Somme during which the unit suffered 72 killed, 136 wounded and 75 missing. Arthur was one of the wounded and was finally evacuated to hospital in London. He returned to Australia on 22 February 1917 and discharged about 3 months later. His younger brother, John, enlisted as a 17 year old and served in the 50th Battalion at Villers Bretonneux in April 1918.

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