John Hanrahan

First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Hanrahan
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, August 27, 1892
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Hanrahan nee Phillips
Father's Name: 
John Hanrahan
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, November 29, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Date of Death: 
Saturday, July 22, 1916
Place of Death: 
Pozieres, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Hanrahan (Service No 5117)  was born in Kiama, N.S.W. and enlisted when the  recruitment drive known as the Waratah March was held in the Illawarra.  At the time, John was 22 years old, single and worked as a labourer.  John had previously served with the CMF.

John embarked from Sydney on SS Makarini with 16th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion on 1st April 1916.  When the ship arrived in Egypt on 2nd May 1916, John was boarded onto another ship to be sent on to France, where he arrived on 17th May 1916.

John joined his unit on 18th June 1916.  Tragically, while fighting in his first action at Pozieres he was killed some time between 22nd and 25th July 1916.

There is no known grave; John is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux, France.  His service lasted just 7 months!

His brother Michael Hanrahan (Service No 2660) also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HANRAHAN J

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