Service Number: 4033
Enlisted: 1 July 1916, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Irvinebank, Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Irvinebank, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: Irvinebank State School
Occupation: Miner
Died: Broncho-Pneumonia, Illness, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 13 April 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Baverstock (St. Edith) Churchyard
INSCRIPTION THY WILL BE DONE , Baverstock (St Edith) Churchyard, Baverstock, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Irvinebank Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

1 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Cairns, Queensland
21 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4033, 31st Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4033, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane
Date unknown: Involvement 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

Private Michael Cummings

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

Died on this date - 13th April........Private Michael Cummings was born at Irvinebank, Queensland in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 1st July, 1916 as a 23 year old Miner.

Private Cummings stated he had previously served & was mobilised for War Service in August, 1914 with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force for Thursday Island (War Station) Garrison Duty. He was supposed to take part in the capture of German New Guinea but because of the trouble caused by the fireman on the troopship they did not participate. He was discharged on 18th September, 1914.

Private Cummings arrived in England on 10th January, 1917 with the 10th Reinforcements of 31st Battalion for further training & was posted to 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire. He was admitted to Park House Hospital on 5th March, 1917 with Mups & discharged 25th March, 1917.
Private Cummings was admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 4th April, 1917.

Private Michael Cummings died at 2.40 a.m. on 13th April, 1917 from Broncho Pneumonia. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Edith’s at Baverstock, Wiltshire where 28 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.
(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 24 and the son of Patrick and Mary Ann Cummings, of Irvinebank, Queensland.

Member of the Irvinebank Rifle Club