William Henry AHERN

AHERN, William Henry

Service Number: 6457
Enlisted: 24 May 1916, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 10 April 1898
Home Town: Blackall, Blackall Tambo, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Natural causes, Queensland, 18 June 1986, aged 88 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Enoggera Shire Council Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

24 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6457, Rockhampton, Queensland
21 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6457, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Boonah embarkation_ship_number: A36 public_note: ''
21 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6457, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6457, 15th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), Missing in Action
23 Jun 1917: Imprisoned Bullecourt (First), Confirmed Prisoner of War being held at Altdamm/Limburg
15 Dec 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Infantry Battalion, Repatriated from Germany to England
12 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6457, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The three enlisted children of Robert John Ahern and Sarah Agnes (née Campbell) Ahern of Alderley, Queensland:-

1382 Dvr. Robert George Ahern (/explore/people/110506) - returned to Australia;

5529 Pte. Archibald Ahern (/explore/people/144187) - killed in action;

6457 Pte. William Henry Ahern - returned to Australia.

'I have had a letter from W. H. Ahern, who is at Altdamm, dated the 24th of March, 1918. He is well. He has had a letter from home. Since Christmas he had been receiving his parcels from the Red Cross, also the money that I sent, but he says he has no need of money.' from The Capricornian 20 Jul 1918 (nla.gov.au)

'W. H. Ahern tells me there are three other Australians in camp with him at Altdamm. He is quite well. He says they are having lovely weather. His card is dated July 21.' from Morning Bulletin 29 Nov 1918 (nla.gov.au)

'A few days ago I received a card from W. H. Ahern, 6457. He wrote it on August 12 and said he had received a letter from home the week before. He hopes to be exchanged.' from Morning Bulletin 3 Dec 1918 (nla.gov.au)

'W. H. Ahern received my letter in October. He says that Dave Roos is now in the same camp (Altdam). Ahern has had several letters from home lately. He says:-"I think by the time this card reaches you we will be on the way home." He and Dave are both well.' from Morning Bulletin 15 Feb 1919 (nla.gov.au)