Michael O’Loughlin

O'Loughlin--MichaelName   Michael O’Loughlin

Number    Private 6324

Battalion      2nd Machine gun Battalion  

Place of Birth   Ballarat

Next of Kin   His father, Lawrence O’Loughlin of Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 2/6/1916

Physical details on enlistment   Age 23 years and 8 months, 158 pounds, brown eyes and black hair

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on 31/8/18 at Mount St Quentin France

Location of memorial

He was buried in an isolated grave in a shell hole just west of Mount St Quentin and 1 mile north of Peronne.

He was re buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived in the Koorooman area and attended Koorooman School 

Military History

  • He is on the Koorooman East Honour Roll
  • 2/6/16 He enlisted in Melbourne
  • 2/10/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Nestor
  • 30/10/16 He marched to the 2nd training battalion
  • 13/12/16 He went to France from Folkstone
  • 23/12/16 He joined the 7th Battalion
  • In April 1918 he was sick with influenza and went to England
  • 2/7/18 He went back to France to be in a machine gun corps
  • 10/7/18 He went to the 2nd machine gun company
  • 31/8/18 He was killed in action in France
  • He was buried in an isolated grave in a shell hole just west of Mount St Quentin and 1 mile north of Peronne
  • His parents received a letter to say that he will be reburied in a military cemetery with a Chaplin present and there will be a photo of the grave made available
  • His father received the Memorial Scroll on 1/8/21, Plaque 7/12/22 and Victory Medal 10/4/23
  • His effects consisted of: – 1 rosary, a money belt, badges, 1 wrist watch (damaged) and strap. 1 cigarette case, 1 coin, 3 wallets, 1 metal watch damaged, 1 religious medallion, unit colours, photo, cards, 2 religious books

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