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Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: Patrick William Ahearn

Serial Number 6461

Patrick was born in Kilmore in 1874, the son of Michael Ahearn and Johanna Davern.  He was a farmer when he enlisted, and married to Anastasia Josine Dunphy, with two children Julia and Michael.

Patrick, aged 41 years, enlisted as a private at Kilmore on 11 June 1915 in the 14th Battalion AIF.  He was 6 feet tall and weighed 182 pounds, and was declared fit for service on 12 June 1915. After training he embarked on HMAT Nestor on 2 October 1916 for England.  Patrick saw service in France with the 14th Battalion from late December 1916 to February 1917 when he returned to England for treatment for bronchitis.  After recovering Patrick again saw service in France from November 1917 to February 1918 when he returned to England with trench fever.

Patrick returned to Australia on the SS Suevic in April 1918 and was discharged at Melbourne on 25 July 1918. Patrick was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  Patrick returned to his family at Kilmore. He passed away on 15 June 1944 and was buried in the Kilmore Catholic Cemetery.

Patrick is listed on the Kilmore Shire Honour Roll.

Patrick William Ahearn (Photo: Australian War Memorial)
Patrick William Ahearn c. Sept 1915 (Photo: Australian War Memorial)

 

Reproduced in the North Central Review, 29 July 2014, p11

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