Patrick O'Flaherty

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Patrick O'Flaherty
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1875
Place of Birth Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland
Age at Enlistment 40 years, 7 months
Description 5'9½" (1.77m) tall ; 173 lbs
78.471 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Teamster
Religion Roman Catholic
Address 42 Fitzgerald street, North Perth
Next of Kin Brother , Mr Michael O'Flaherty
Military Information
Reg Number 1912
Date of Enlistment 3 Nov 1915
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse regiment, 13th Reinforcement, transferred to 3rd Anzac Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps
Date of Embarkation 17 Jan 1916 ‒ 9 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A30 Borda
Date of Return 17 Jul 1919 ‒ 17 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On HMHS Dunluce Castle
Fate Wounded in Action 19 Apr 1917 near Gaza, Palestine
Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1906 Hannan's road, Coolgardie, wood cutter; 1912 Waterous Landing, labourer

War Service

Soon after entering camp Patrick was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment and travelled with them to Egypt where he was taken in by the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Reserve until 1 Jul 1916 when he was transferred to the 11th Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps.

On 5 Nov 1916 he sought treatment from the Nottinghamshire & Derby Field Ambulance, and returned to his unit 3 days later. However, on 26 Nov 1916 he again required treatment from them, and on 2 Dec 1916 he was admitted to 17th General Hospital in Alexandria with malaria. He spent a few days with the British Red Cross Hospital in Montazah before being released to base depot on 22 Jan 1917. On 28 Jan 1917 he had rejoined his unit.

Wounded in Action on 19 Apr 1917 during an unsuccessful attempt to capture Turkish positions near Gaza. One of 345 casualties in the Camel Corps alone. With a bullet wound to both legs, Patrick had the bullet removed from his left calf by the 26th Casualty Clearing Station before being admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital in the Sinai and then on 24 Apr 1917 to the 14th Australian General Hospital at Abbassia. Released to duty on 10 Jun 1917.

On 26 Jun 1917 Patrick was charged with "While on Active Service' (1) breaking camp (2) AWOL from 1600 hours (4:00pm) 26 Jun 1917 until apprehended by Military Police at 2115 hours (9:45pm) the same day (3)improperly dressed in that he was wearing slacks and no belt. Deprived of 3 days pay and fined 15/- ($1.50). Returned to the 3rd Battalion on 5 Jul 1917, but on 25 Aug 1917 was hospitalised with the Australian Camel Field Hospital until 9 Sep 1917 with malaria.

Transferred to the 15th Light Horse Regiment on 1 Jul 1918, he was Driver until 1 Dec 1918 when he reverted to Private.

Prior to discharge was treated by the 26th Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Fremantle (RAGA Barracks) where on 18 Aug 1919 he was deemed to be non-infectious and suitable for discharge. Discharged on 10 Oct 1919 by the 5th Military District.

Post War


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