Maurice James Ronan

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Maurice James Ronan
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1896
Place of Birth Patersen, New South Wales
Death 14 Mar 1917
Place of Death Ploegsteert, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 5 months
Description 5'5¼" (1.66m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Church of England
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James Thomas Ronan
Military Information
Reg Number 421
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 Killed in Action 14 Mar 1917 at Ploegsteert, Belgium
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Along with his older brother Bert (Hubert Charles) Maurice joined the unit on 28 Jan 1916, ten days after they entered Blackboy Hill camp. They trained with them in Australia, travelled with them to England, and on arrival undertook training to prepare themselves for trench warfare in France and Belgium.

From Southampton, England they proceeded overseas to France on 25 Nov 1916. Maurice remained with his unit until his untimely death said to have occurred on 14 Mar 1917. The Battalion's War Diary contains no reference to any action that may have led to Maurice being killed on that day, but overnight 13-14 Mar 1917, B Company had provided two platoons out of six that participated, to a large raiding force that attempted to raid the German front lines just before midnight. German retaliation had been quick, with artillery pounding the Australian positions and no man's land. We might assume that this was how Maurice was killed.

On his death, his mother received a pension of 40/- per fortnight from 26 May 1917 and on the death of his brother Herbert, the pension was increased to 80/- per fortnight.

  • Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery courtesy CWGC
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RONAN. On March 14, killed in action, somewhere in France, Private Maurice J.Ronan, dearly beloved second son of James and Ellen Ronan, Jarrahdale, and beloved brother of Rene, Rose, Dorry, and Frank, also Bert now on active service, aged 20 years and 7 months.[1]


  1. The Western Mail, Perth 27 April 1917

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