Herbert Clarence (Bert) Ronan

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Herbert Clarence (Bert) Ronan
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Bert's grave in Boulogne courtesy CWGC
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1893
Place of Birth Clarence Town, New South Wales
Death 4 Apr 1917
Place of Death No. 13 General Hospital Boulogne, France.
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 8 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 123 lbs
55.792 kg
; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Post Office Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James Thomas Ronan
Military Information
Reg Number 265
Date of Enlistment 18 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, B Company / 11th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A29 Suevic
Fate Wounded in Action 27 Mar 1917 Ploegsteert
Died of Wounds 4 Apr 1917
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry 1916 No1 Mill Jarrahdale, mill hand.

War Service

10 days after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Bert was allocated to the 44th Battalion which was then in the process of being established, and was posted to B Company. He travelled with them to England and participated in their training at Larkhill in preparation for service in France and Belgium.

On 25 Nov 1916 the 44th Battalion proceeded overseas to France through Southampton.

Wounded in action on 26 Mar 1917 near Ploegsteert in Belgium, the day that the 44th Battalion were replaced in the line by their colleagues in the 42nd Battalion. He had been a member of a strong raiding party which had run into strong resistance. Follow up artillery action was very strong, with his injuries were caused by enemy artillery, suffering multiple shell wounds to his back and legs.

Seen first by the 9th Field Ambulance, Bert was then sent to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 28 Mar 1917. Following treatment he was placed aboard Ambulance Train No. 25 on 28 Mar 1917 for the rear area hospitals. The train deposited Bert at the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne the next day, 29 Mar 1917.

As a result of the injuries received, Bert died on 4 Apr 1917, and was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France (Plot VIII, Row A, Grave No. 178)

  • Boulogne East Cemetery CWGC
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Maurice, a younger brother of Bert was Killed in Action on 14 Mar 1917.

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