William Leonard MCCANN


MCCANN, William Leonard

Service Number: SX12017
Enlisted: 27 March 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lameroo, South Australia, 27 December 1919
Home Town: Geranium, Southern Mallee, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Injuries (plane crash), New Guinea, 18 January 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geranium War Memorial, Lameroo Oval Memorial Gates
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World War 2 Service

27 Mar 1941: Enlisted Private, SN SX12017, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Mar 1941: Involvement Private, SN SX12017
18 Jan 1943: Involvement Private, SN SX12017, 2nd/6th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

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Pte. William L McCann of Geranium. Aged 24 years, eldest son of Mr and Mrs JL McCann, of Kyre Ave, Kingswood. He enlisted in the 2/10 Battalion in March 1941, and left for overseas in September of the same year. He returned to Australia in August, 1942 and left for New Guinea in October. While being transferred by palne to the battlefront, the plane crashed on landing and he died of injuries on January 18 1943. His brother Peter enlisted in the RAN. William took a keen interest in tennis and football.

Information from The Personal Pictorial Honor Roll of South Australians who have enlisted in the Second World War.