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Private MF Hanrahan
Title : Private MF Hanrahan Private MF Hanrahan
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Source : Chronicle, 29 December 1917, p. 26, col. f
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Date of creation : 1917
Format : Photograph
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Portrait of Private Michael Francis Hanrahan, of the 16th Battalion.

Private Hanrahan enlisted on 20 April 1915, at almost 27 years of age, giving his occupation as a labourer of Yorke Peninsula. He was the third son of Mrs Mary Hanrahan and the late Mr Daniel John Hanrahan of Arthurton.

Private Hanrahan's military records state that he had been stationed in Egypt and had sailed for France in June 1916. The 16th Battalion was involved in bloody trench warfare on the Western Front, advancing on the German Hindenburg Line, and suffered heavy losses at Bullecourt in April 1917. Private Hanrahan was reported as missing in action on 11 April 1917, and a few months later was reported as killed in action at Bullecourt. As there is no known grave, Private Hanrahan, like many Australian soldiers, is remembered at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.

The World War I Memorial Plaque at the Arthurton Council Chambers bears his name.

Related names :

Hanrahan, Michael Francis, d. 1917

Period : 1914-1918
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :
Colliver, PH and Thomson, TM., Kalkabury became Arthurton, Arthurton : Centenary Committee, Arthurton, 1977

Laffin, John, Australians at War : Western Front, 1916-1917 : the price of honour, North Sydney : Time-Life Books Australia in association with John Ferguson, 1987, chapter 4 'Bravery at Bullecourt'

Pederson, Peter, The Anzacs : Gallipoli to the Western Front, Camberwell, Vic. : Viking (Penguin Group), 2007, chapter 11 'Bullecourt: Defeat into Victory'
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