Christopher Richard MAHONY

MAHONY, Christopher Richard

Service Number: 1868
Enlisted: 18 January 1916
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Hyde Park, South Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Hyde Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, France, 1 September 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Fire Underwriters' Association of S.A. WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide Marine Underwriters Association of S.A. WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1868, 50th Infantry Battalion
13 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, 1868, 50th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Seang Bee embarkation_ship_number: A48 public_note: ''
13 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, 1868, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
1 Sep 1918: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Second Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1918-09-01
Date unknown: Involvement 1868, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Second Lieutenant CHRIS. MAHONY, of the 43rd Battalion, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mahony, of 61, Opey-avenue, Hyde Park, was killed in action on September 1. He was only 22 years of age,  and he enlisted on January 1, 1916. After a course of training in the N.C.O. school, Mitcham, he left Australia as Sergeant with reinforcements for the 30th Battalion on July 13, 1916. After arriving in  England he was transferred to the 43rd Battalion, and left with it for France shortly afterwards. He was wounded during the battle of Messines in June, 1917. After a convalescence of about four months in England he was passed as fit for further service, and was sent to Candahar Barracks, Tidworth, to train for his commission. He obtained fourth place in the final examinations, and was sent to Trinity  College, Cambridge, for further studies in January, 1918, where he remained until June. He received his commission in July, and shortly afterwards rejoined the 43rd Batta-\lion in France.

Prior to enlisting he was a member of the ataff of the Alliance Assurance Company, where he had been employed for five years. He was a well-known worker for the St. Vincent de Paul's Orphanage,  Goodwood, a member of the committee of the Adelaide Catholic Club, and a foundation member of the Daniel O'Connell branch of the Irish National Foresters' Benefit Society. He was also well known in  sporting circles, being a member of Millswood cricket and baseball club, and St. Francis Xavier's Football Club.