Joseph McIlwaine

McIlwaine-JoeName   Joseph McIlwaine

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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