Daniel Aloysius HARNETT

Badge Number: 64420, Sub Branch: State

HARNETT, Daniel Aloysius

Service Number: 3701
Enlisted: 3 August 1915, Keswick, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 17 January 1894
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Emp.
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 11 October 1939, aged 45 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: LO, Road: 9N, Site No: 5
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1, Peterborough St Anacletus Catholic Church Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

3 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia, Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3701, 16th Infantry Battalion
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3701, 16th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3701
24 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Monday 21 October 1918


Cpl D. A. Harnett, of the Australian Artillery, son of Mr. M. Harnett, of North Unley (late officer in charge at Prospect Police Station), seriously; in Edmonton Military Hospital, London.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Monday 21 October 1918


Corporal D. A. HARNETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Harnett, North Unley (late Prospect) admitted to Edmonton Hospital London, gunshot wound in left leg, severe.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 - 1954) Thursday 12 October 1939


HARNETT. —THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. DANIEL ALOYSIUS HARNETT, late of S.A.R., Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge, and   16th Battalion, are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave the residence of his sister, No 4 Killicoat street, North Unley, on THURSDAY, at 11.40 a.m. for the A.I.F. Cemetery, West terrace.   FRANK J. SIEBERT, Funeral Director.




Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

3701 Corporal Daniel Aloysius Harnett of Murray Bridge, South Australia had been employed by the State’s Railways as a fireman when he enlisted for War Service on the 3rd of August 1915 and was allocated to reinforcements for the 16th Battalion 1st AIF.

Daniel was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 2nd of December, and following his arrival he was allotted to the 48th Battalion on the 9th of March before he was again transferred to the 4th Division Field Artillery. Allocated to the Ammunition Column Daniel would be shipped to France, arriving on the 13th of June. Daniel would remain on duty with his Unit continuously throughout the next two years before receiving a brief respite of Leave to England from the 28th of August to the 14th of September 1918.

Having returned back to his Unit in Northern France, Daniel would be wounded in action within a fortnight of being back in the lines, and was evacuated for hospitalisation after having sustained gunshot wounds to his left leg. Sent back to England on the 30th of September, Daniel would remain in hospital and then in convalescence until after the signing of the Armistice, and he was repatriated back to Australia as an invalid on the 19th of January 1919.

After having arrived back in Adelaide Daniel was admitted into the 7th Australian General Hospital (Keswick) on the 10th of March, and he would receive a further fortnight of treatment before he received his official discharge from the 1st AIF on the 11th of May 1919. Re-entered into civilian life, Daniel returned to his former employment for the South Australian Railways, with his untimely death occurring on the 11th of October 1939 at the age of 45.

Following his passing Daniel was formally laid to rest within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.