Francis Daniel AHERN MM

AHERN, Francis Daniel

Service Number: 2382
Enlisted: 13 March 1916, Charters Towers, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 11 October 1874
Home Town: Hughenden, Flinders, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Queensland, 21 September 1950, aged 75 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, Charters Towers, Queensland
19 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, 47th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
19 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, 47th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jun 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
22 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 12th Machine Gun Company, Attached to duty
28 Mar 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Dernancourt/Ancre, "...this soldier displayed great determination and doggedness..."
6 Apr 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Machine Gun Company
25 May 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 48th Infantry Battalion
8 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2382, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'AHERN, Francis Daniel, M.M. L.-Cpl., No. 2382. Born at Rockhampton, Q. Enlisted at Hughenden on 13th March, 1916, at the age of 41 years. Left for overseas on 9th September with 5th Reinf. 4th Battn. Sent to France in May, 1917, and transferred to the 15th Battn., then back to the 47th Battn. Took part in the battles of Messines, Passchendaele, Hollebeck, Villiers Brettoneaux, and Dernacourt. Awarded the Military Medal on the 6th April, 1918, at Dernacourt. Transferred to 48th Battn. in May, 1918, owing to the disbandment of the 47th Battn. Arrived back in Australia in March, 1919, and discharged on 8th April, 1919.' from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War. (

Awarded the Military Medal (

"At DERNANCOURT, S.W. of ALBERT on night March 28th 1918 this soldier displayed great determination and doggedness in holding for 48 hours a very important tactical position with a Lewis Gun. Exposed to enemy machine gun and snipers continuously. His crew all became casualties, but he maintained his gun in position and action and beside safe-guarding the line, inflicted severe losses on the enemy. The position was such that he could not afford to leave it for a minute to get fresh men or assistance until relieved." - Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185 Date: 27 November 1918