Alexander HEAGNEY MM

HEAGNEY, Alexander

Service Number: 7869
Enlisted: 16 June 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Field Ambulance
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1 January 1891
Home Town: Geelong West, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bricklayer
Died: Victoria, Australia, 23 July 1955, aged 64 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Geelong Corio Bay Rowing Club Honor Roll, Geelong St Giles Church Honor Roll (2)
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1st Australian General Hospital
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 7869, 1st Australian General Hospital
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 7869, 1st Australian General Hospital, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
11 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 7869, 1st Australian General Hospital, Embarked at Melbourne, Victoria
15 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Field Ambulance, In the field
11 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2nd Field Ambulance
16 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Citation reads:- For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 9th and 10th August 1918 at Rosieres Lance Corporal Heagney was in charge of a stretcher bearer squad during the advance of the Second and Third Brigades and showed great courage and initiative under heavy hostile machine gun fire. In spite of the great danger and difficulties incurred during the advance he was always able to keep in touch with the Regimental Medical Officer and by his pluck and initiative greatly facilitated the evacuation of the wounded, at the same time setting a splendid example to his men. London Gazette on 24 January 1919, page 1252, position 6 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 23 May 1919, page 898, position 35
22 Nov 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 7869, 2nd Field Ambulance
28 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 7869, 2nd Field Ambulance, Discharged at the 3rd Military District
Date unknown: Involvement Private, SN 7869, 1st Australian General Hospital
Date unknown: Embarked Private, SN 7869, 1st Australian General Hospital

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Next of kin given as his brother William Heagney of French Street, Geelong, Victoria

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