Patrick Alphonsus DEGIDAN


DEGIDAN, Patrick Alphonsus

Service Number: 31524
Enlisted: 30 May 1916, Burra, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Yorketown, South Australia, Australia, 5 April 1889
Home Town: Yorketown, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Public School, Yorketown, South Australia
Occupation: Porter, South Australian Railways
Died: Died of Illness, Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, England, 13 January 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard
Grave Reference: 313. D. 3. Cemetery: SUTTON VENY (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD
Memorials: Adelaide HB09 South Australian Railways - Adelaide Railway Station*, Burra HB1 District WW 1*, National War Memorial (South Australia), Yorketown Town and District Honour Board WW1*
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World War 1 Service

30 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Burra, South Australia, Australia
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 31524, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 31524, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The Pioneer (Yorketown, SA: 1898 - 1954) Saturday 26 August 1916

Send-Off Gatherings

On Monday morning the Yorketown cheer-up society members assembled at the Post Office to tender a send-off to Private P. Degidan. The mayor (Mr R. T. McFarlane, and the secretary (Mr G. E.) Heaney) spoke parting words. Three cheers were given. Pte. Degidan said that the gathering was unexpected by him and he thanked them for the kind words expressed. If he came back he hoped to meet them all again, if he did not come back they would have the satisfaction of knowing that he had done his little bit in the great struggle.

The Pioneer (Yorketown, SA: 1898 - 1954) Saturday 2 February 1918


The late Signaller Degidan, who was 28 years of age, was born at Yorketown. He was educated at the Public School, where he gained high marks. After leaving school he worked at the "Clarion" Office for nine years, being in charge for six years. Whilst he was in Yorketown he was Secretary of the S. Y.P. Jockey Club, and took, an, active interest in the local tennis, cricket, and football clubs, and also the dramatic dub. He was very popular, was one of the best known young men on S.Y.P., and was greatly respected by all. About five years ago he left Yorketown and entered the railway. He was first stationed at Gawler, then at Lyndoch and Mt. Bryan in turn, and enlisted from the latter place in June, 1916. He left for England on December 23rd of that year. After being in training for several months, he was taken ill in July. He was discharged from hospital about October 23rd, but after a short while had a relapse, and died from the effects of his illness on Jan. 9th. — "Clarion."

Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1954) Friday 10 January 1919

DEGIDAN.—Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Patrick Alphonsus Degidan, who died at Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, England, on 13th January, 1918. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul.—Inserted by his loving parents, sisters, and brother.