Angus (Gus) KIRWAN


Service Number: 2355
Enlisted: 18 July 1917
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 2 January 1891
Home Town: Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Hamilton Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: locomotive fireman (Hamilton Loco)
Died: Killed in Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres Menin Gate Panel 23, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton Loco Employees HR, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

14 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 2355, 31st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
14 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 2355, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
18 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2355, 31st Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Involvement Corporal, 2355, 31st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery 
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

106 years ago today, on the 26th September 1917, Corporal Angus McCormack Kirwan, referred to as George and Gus, 31st Battalion (Reg No-2355), locomotive fireman (Hamilton Loco), from 4 Reay Street, Hamilton, New South Wales, was Killed in Action during the Passchendaele Campaign at the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium, age 26. Cause of death not stated.

No Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing File.
Born at Hamilton, New South Wales on the 2nd January 1891 to George Charles (died 27.11.1937, age 78) and Janet Walker Kirwan (died 18.3.1937, age 74), George enlisted on the 18th July 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A68 Anchises on the 14th March 1916.
Granted leave to England from the 28.11.1916 to the 13.12.1916.

Corporal Angus Kirwan (Hamilton) KIA Polygon Wood, 26/9/1917.

Mr. Kirwan’s name has been inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium.

Place of Association - Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

George’s name has also been inscribed on the Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Hamilton Methodist Church & Sunday School Roll of Honour, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honor, Hamilton-Rose of Hamilton Lodge, G.U.O.O.F. Roll of Honour, Hamilton Loco Employees Roll of Honour and the NSW Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919. Name not inscribed on the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial.

There is no memorial inscription on the headstone plaque for the Kirwan family to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, so on the 26th September 2017 I erected a Memorial cross adorned with poppies at the gravesite in remembrance of George’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. PRESBYTERIAN-17SW. 32.

Younger brother Syroll Morrison (Sid, born 20.9.1892, Hamilton, New South Wales, motor driver from 4 Reay Street, Hamilton, New South Wales, enlisted 12.12.1914, 3rd battalion, Reg No-1570, wounded in action - 29.5.1915 (GSW left foot), RTA 20.1.1916, discharged medically unfit, died 3.2.1966, Hamilton, N.S.W. as Syrroll, age 73.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.