Patrick O'Connell McKenna
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Western Mail 30 Mar 1917 page 23
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Death||6:30am 8 May 1919|
|Place of Death||Collie, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 8 months|
5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 128 lbs|
58.06 kg; sallow complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Justina Agnes McKenna|
|Date of Enlistment||14 Sep 1914|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, B Company / 4th Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||22 Dec 1914 ‒ 1 Feb 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A40 Ceramic|
|Date of Return||15 Aug 1915 ‒ 4 Sep 1915|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A32 Themistocles|
Wounded in Action 2 May 1915, Baby 700, Gallipoli, Turkey |
Returned to Australia
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Archives files do not contain information prior to his being wounded at Gaba Tepe at Gallipoli on 2 May 1915.
Evacuated to Alexandria aboard HMHS Gascon (2nd trip with wounded) on 3 May 1915 and admitted 7 May 1915 to the Egyptian Government's Shebia-el-Kom Hospital. On 18 Jun 1915 he was transferred to the Convalescent Camp at Mustapha. Continuing to have problems with his arm's strength he was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital on 27 Jul 1915 and on 29 Jul 1915 returned to a convalescent camp at Helouau, before being sent to the Australian and New Zealand Convalescent Hospital on 13 Aug 1915 to await return to Australia from Port Suez.A Medical Report quotes Patrick's version of how he was wounded on 2 May 1915
"in the trenches about midnight on 2nd May in a change. He received a gunshot wound in upper (right) arm which left his arm useless."The Medical Report went on to state that the wound healed up in four weeks. For past six weeks arm has been useless. Found to have limited movement at elbow joint, and loss of power in arm below the wound. Deemed to be 3/4 total disability and perhaps would improve after 12 months.
On returning to Australia Patrick was admitted to the 8th Australian General Hospital at Fremantle from 4 Sep 1915 - 23 Sep 1916 before being discharged by 5th Military District on 25 Sep 1916.
Initially received a pension of 30/- fortnightly from 26 Sep 196, reduced to 15/- on 6 Dec 1917, given that he had gained employment with the WAGR.
Fatal Accident at Collie.
A SHUNTER KILLED.Shortly after 10 o'clock on Wednesday evening, Shunter Patrick McKenna was engaged upon his duties on the siding leading to the Cooperative Mine at Collie. He had ordered a truck to be kicked off at the points, and after this had been done, jumped onto the footsteps of the engine. When returning past the points, it was observed that the truck was running back towards the engine. The driver put on steam to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so. The truck struck the engine just where the unfortunate man was sitting, with the result that he sustained terrible injuries. He was immediately removed to the Hospital and lingered in great pain until 6.30 a.m., when he expired. An inquest was opened, and, after formal evidence of identification had been given was adjourned. The remains were conveyed to Jarrahdale the following day for interment. Deceased, who was the son of Mr Edward McKenna, mill foreman of Jarrahdale, had seen active service abroad, and, after being invalided home and receiving his discharge, about 18 months ago, was employed by the Railway department at Northam. He was transferred to Collie a few days ago. He was about 24 years of age and unmarried. A brother, Mr Wm McKenna, also a returned soldier, is resident in Bunbury, where he is employed by Messrs Millars T. and T. Co, Ltd.