Matthew Gilmore

First Name: 
Matthew
Last Name: 
Gilmore
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Gilmore
Father's Name: 
Charles Gilmore
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, September 16, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion/ 45th Battalion
Company: 
G
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, July 20, 1938
Place of Death: 
Sydney Hospital, N.S.W.
Details: 

Matthew Gilmore (Service No 732) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1885.

At enlistment Matthew was single, 27 years old and worked as a miner at Mount Keira, N.S.W.

He embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses with G Company, 13th Battalion, on 22nd December 1914.  The troops arrived on Gallipoli in April 1915 and Matthew saw service until he became ill and was evacuated to Lemnos on 6th July 1915.

Back in Egypt he was transferred to 45th Battalion on 3rd March 1916 and arrived in France with them on 8th June 1916.  He saw service on the Western Front until 8th August 1916 when he was wounded and evacuated to England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his left eye.

He returned to his unit on 13th May 1917 and served until admitted to hospital sick on 27th April 1918.  He was invalided to England on 1st May 1918.  Matthew returned to his unit briefly on 27th September 1918.

On 23rd October 1918 he was returned to Australia for Special 1914 Leave, but while he was on his way home the war ended.  Matthew was discharged medically unfit on 25th February 1919.

In 1920 he married Irene Doyle at Rockdale, N.S.W, and they had one child.

Matthew died in 1938 and is buried in Woronora Cemetery, N.S.W.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, GILMORE M

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