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Number Private 1145

Battalion 8th Battalion

Place of Birth Castlegore County Antrim Northern Ireland

Next of Kin His father John McIlwaine of Koonwarra and
later Leongatha. His mother was Sarah McIlwaine

Date and place of enlistment Leongatha 1/10/1914

Physical details on enlistment Age 23 years 6 months.
5'8", 12 stone 2 pounds, brown eyes and black hair.
He had tattoos of horseshoes, crosses and anchors on both arms.

Religion Presbyterian

Occupation Labourer

Date and place of death

He received a bullet wound to the skull at Gallipoli and died on the Hospital Ship "Royal George" in Alexandria on 13/5/1915.

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried by Archdeacon Ward on 15/5/1915 in Chatby Church of England Cemetery Egypt

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was from Koonwarra

Military History

Private McIlwaine was wounded at Gallipoli and died of wounds on May 13th 1915. He is buried in Egypt. He was in the 8th Battalion which was a Victorian Battalion immortalized in the series The Anzacs.
He was the son of John and Sarah McIlwaine of Leongatha
1/10/14 He enlisted in Leongatha
23/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Thermistocles
8/5/15 He went to Gallipoli
8/4/15 He was in hospital in Mena
8/5/15 He joined his Battalion at Gallipoli,
13/5/15. He died of wounds on the Hospital Ship Royal George in Alexandria Egypt He had a bullet wound to the skull.
C L Brumley of the MUIOOF Leongatha asked for a death certificate
He left his estate to his sister Kathleen
The family received a brown paper parcel containing a disc, testament and notebook
His mother applied for a 1914 Star and Mr. McIlwaine had it presented to him.
In 1922 they received a Victory medal, plaque. The scroll is received in 1921



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