John Regan

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John Regan
Regan John 2.jpg
The Sunday Times 3 Oct 1915
Regan John headstone.jpg
John Regan's headstone in Alexandria CWGC
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1895
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 7 Aug 1915
Place of Death 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt
Age at Enlistment 20 years, 9 months
Description 6' (1.m) tall ; 154 lbs
69.853 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation School teacher
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Jarrahdale Primary School, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr John Regan
Military Information
Reg Number 463
Date of Enlistment 21 Oct 1914
Rank Trooper
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron / 3rd Light Horse Brigade.
Date of Embarkation 17 Feb 1915 ‒ 8 Mar 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A52 Surada
Fate Died of Wounds 1:30am 7 Aug 1915 General Hospital, Alexandria.
Monument none at present
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Entered the Claremont training camp of the 10th Light Horse on 21 Oct 1914 and allocated to C Squadron. Following training in Australia, the 10th Light Horse Regiment was sent to Egypt, arriving on 8 March 1915.

The regiment's first action of the war came during the Gallipoli campaign. Due to terrain and the static nature of the fighting on the peninsula, it was felt that mounted units could not play a part, however, a number of Light Horse units were deployed in a dismounted role as infantry. The 10th Light Horse Regiment departed Alexandria on 16 May 1915 and arrived at Gallipoli on 20 May 1915, landing in the evening of 21 May 1915. Initially the Regiment was largely used in a defensive role.

The date John was wounded is not entered into his Army records but given the unit's War Diary tells us that he was wounded along with Lt Olsen and one other officer when one of heir own trench mortar bombs detonated through negligence on 1 Aug 1915. John died at 1:30am on 7 Aug 1915 after treatment in Alexandria. John had sustained serious wounds to his right and left arms, and both legs. His right arm, and both legs had been amputated. He had been admitted to the 15th General Hospital in Alexandria on 6 Aug 1915, and died the next day.

Died of wounds received in action on August 7, left last February with the 10th Light Horse, forth son of Mr. And Mrs. John Regan of Wongan Hills. Born at Jarrahdale. The deceased hero, who was in his 21st year, received his education at No 6 Jarrahdale School (where he won a five years scholarship), at the Perth Normal School, and finally at Claremont Training College, where he had a brilliant course. His brother Mr. P. J. Regan, resides at Yarloop, his sister, Mrs D. Jones, at Roseberry Avenue, South Perth. Another sister, Mrs. J. Burke, resides at Gosford NSW and another Miss Eileen Regan, completed her studies at the Presentation Convent (Collie). Father awarded a pension of £24 per annum from 8 Oct 1915.[1]
  • Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery)
  • Commonwealth War Graved Commission


Not on SJ Memorials, but born in Jarrahdale.

  1. The W.A. Record 18 Sep 1915 In an article accompanying his photo

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