John Joseph CAHILL


CAHILL, John Joseph

Service Number: 4069
Enlisted: 8 September 1914, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, December 1887
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Christian Brothers (Catholic) School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Died of wounds, Ireland, 17 June 1917
Cemetery: Mitchelstown Catholic Churchyard
South-west of Church Private family grave. County Cork GPS Coordinates Latitude: 52.26601 Longitude: -8.26741
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4069, 23rd Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4069, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
8 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 23rd Infantry Battalion, SW to Scalp
20 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4069, 23rd Infantry Battalion, GSW to right thigh, fractured DoW, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England
Date unknown: Involvement 23rd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières


JJ Cahill Sr died due to a work accident fractured scull from a horse fall.


Thomas Cahill / Mary Keeffe ( Irish Family )

John Joseph Cahill (One of ten siblings re Robert Street/Lower Cork Street )
1865 - 1894 28y
Father killed accident Ballarat.
Wife Amelia Cahill nee Anderson 26y 1864 - 1894

Son John Joseph Cahill 1887 - 1917

When parents died brought back to Ireland by family later to return to Melbourne to join the Australian Infantry.

His dad married a second time before his early death 1891 to Ellen Nelly Cahill ( Nee Blake) 1867 - 1942

Had two daughters Half Sisters to JJ

Nellie Josephine 1894 -1900
Mary Hannah (QUEENIE) Married 1930 McDonald 1892 - 1966

Family graves New Cemetery Ballarat RC and CE

Ciaran Colgan great grand son Cahill Family
Further information via GOOGLE Cahill Mitchlestown 21/12 /2019


Ciaran Colgan

I am related to JJ Cahill by way of my mother nee Cahill. JJ's dad would have been my mothers uncle. I understand that his dad died from a car accident in BALLARAT 1890. J J died of wounds at Nettley Hospital Surrey. JUNE 1917. One of his Irish uncles was at his bed side. He survived war wounds previously.

When in Mitchlestown Co Cork Ireland I pay my respects where he is buried in a family plot with other members of his extended Irish family.

Thomas/Hannah/Nonie/Eliza/Hanah/Thomas/Martha at the side of the Roman Catholic Church. The Cahill family were based in Mitchlestown main occupation in the meat trade. They were and are many in number.

I am on the direct Cahill line re Tom Cahill/Hannah Nee O keeffe who had a family of eleven Cahills on of which was J J's dad.

I recently visited JJ's final resting place. If a reader of this note is anyway related I would like contact to be made with me. I am based in london

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23 Battalion

Rank - Private

13 November 1916 Slight head wound

17 June 1917 Gunshot wound to the right. Died as a result

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Brother of Queenie Cahill of Walker Street, Ballarat, Victoria Australia. Nephew of Julia Roberts, Ballarat, Victoria

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date - 17th June......Private John Joseph Cahill was born at Ballarat, Victoria in late 1887. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8th July, 1914 as a 27 year old Butcher from Ballarat, Victoria.

Private Cahill joined 23rd Battalion in France on 1st November, 1916.

Private Cahill was wounded in action in France on 8th November, 1916. He was invalided to England & admitted to Reading War Hospital, England on 13th November, 1916 with a scalp wound in occipital region. He was discharged from Hospital on 9th December, 1916 & posted to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire.

Private Cahill was returned to France & rejoined 23rd Battalion in France on 20th January, 1917.

Private Cahill was wounded in action in France (2nd occasion) on 20th March, 1917. He was invalided to England & admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England on 18th April, 1917 with gunshot wounds to right thigh. The Admission to Hospital form records: “Wounded 20.3.17 near Arras by bullet. Ops 26.3.17 & 23.4.17 for Drainage of wound. There is an incomplete fracture of the posterior surface of the shaft of the femur.”

A Medical Report was completed on Private Cahill on 28th April, 1917 & the Board decided on 3rd May, 1917 that Pte John Joseph Cahill should be discharged as permanently unfit.

Private John Joseph Cahill died on 17th June, 1917 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England from wounds received in action in France – gunshot wound to right thigh. His next-of-kin – Mr I. Cahill, (Uncle), Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland was present at the death. He was buried in Mitchelstown Catholic Churchyard, County Cork, Republic of Ireland (South-west of church) in a Private Family Grave.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)