Michael John MOONEY

MOONEY, Michael John

Service Number: 1649
Enlisted: 12 September 1915
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Australian Remount Unit
Born: Shepherd Ville, Vic., 1883
Home Town: Narrandera, Narrandera, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Leeton District Hospital, 21 August 1954, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Narrandera WW1 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, 1649, 2nd Remount Unit
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Trooper, 1649, 2nd Australian Remount Unit
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Trooper, 1649, 2nd Australian Remount Unit, HMAT Orsova, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Mr. Michael Mooney
The death occurred on Saturday in the Leeton District Hospital of Mr. Michael Mooney, one of the earliest residents of the area, who was for many years until his retirement in June of last year, herdsman for the Leeton Shire Council. Before the Shire Council was formed to take over the administration of roads and local government generally on the Yanco end of the area, Mr. Mooney was employed by the Commission and transferred to the Council when the change over took place. For many years, as he went about his duties as herdsman, Mr. Mooney was a familiar sight to the residents of the district and his adeptness at handling horses and all kinds of stock, even under the most difficult and arduous conditions, was well known. He enlisted in World War 1 and went overseas with the Light Horse, in charge of the remounts. In those activities in the Army he was closely associated with the late Jack Dempsey, breaking in and training the horses, etc. The late Mr. Mooney was born at Comambo, Victoria, and was 71 years of age at the time of his death. He was married at Narrandera in the year 1920, his wife's maiden name being Agnes Marian Bellman. He came to Leeton in the year 1921. He is survived by his widow and one son, Mr. John Alfred Mooney, also two brothers and a sister. The brothers are Denis of Narrandera, and William of Toongabbie. His sister is Mrs. Margaret Hope of Toongabbie. There are also three grand-children. Mr. Mooney was predeceased by four brothers. One of them, Jack was killed in action in the first world war. The others were Larry of Toongabbie, Paddy and Malachy, of Narrandera. On Monday the flag was flown at half mast in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens in tribute to the memory of the late Mr. Mooney. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. yesterday, from the Catholic Church.