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Whelan William Henry
26th Bn. Australian Infantry
1890 , Oatlands , Tasmania
16 december 1917
Son of Walter and Amelia Whelan of Hobart , Tasmania
Husband of Mrs. M. C. Whelan, of 57, Kensington Rd., Summerhill, New South Wales.
One child : Adopted daughter Mollie Gwendoline Whelan
5'8" = 1.72 m
10 stone 6 lbs = 66 kg
Vertical scar right side chin and lower lip
Bethleem Farm West Cemetery
Row A , Stone 35
16 september 1915
30 november 1915
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17 october 1916
11 december 1916
21 december 1916
6 june 1917
Served 3 years in "A" Coy. 93rd Infantry from 1908.
Enlisted at Claremont , Tasmania on 16th September 1915.
Transferred to Broadmeadows training camp where he was mustered in the 8th Reinforcement . 26th Bn. Australian Infantry.
The 8th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Troopship Kyarra for Egypt.
After some time in Egypt he embarked for overseas duty at Alexandria , Egypt per HMS Oriana .
Disembarked at Marseille and proceeded to Etaples where he arrived on the 29 march 1916 and was admitted to the 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot.
There he was taken on strength by the 26th Bn. Australian Infantry
Wounded in action on the Somme and admitted to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Camiers with a gun shot wound to the wrist.
Invalided to England he arrived at Calais he crossed on Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen on 12 august 1916 and reached the 1st West General Hospital to Wellington Road Australian Hospital Liverpool the same day.
He was transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital and discharged to Weymouth 20 october 1916.
He proceeded from Folkestone , per Golden Eagle , overseas and was admitted again at 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot at Etaples on 12 december 1916.
Left to rejoin his unit and arrived there on 24 december 1916.
He remained with his unit until 28 may 1917 when his was brought in sick and the 5th Australian Field Ambulance where he was diagnosed with tonsilitis and transferred the the 47th Casualty Clearing Station
where he stayed until discharged 5 june 1917.
He rejoined his battalion and stayed with him until he went on leave to England 23 september 1917 and rejoined his battalion on 12 october 1917.
He stayed with them until he was killed in action
on 16 december 1917
Here is an eye witness report of his death :
" We were carrying rations to the lines at Messines when a machine gun bullet hit Whelan in the leg.
We bandaged him up but the bullet had pierced an artery and he bled to death before we could take him to the Dressing Station .
He was quite conscious and didn't seem in much pain.
He said : "Well I've got a good Blighty" but he only lived about 20 minutes