No.678 Private Peter William Reidy
Despite the Embarkation Roll listing Peter Reidy's address as Cohuna, the 1914 and 1915 Electoral Rolls list him as living in Werribee and working as a labourer.
Peter embarked on 10 November 1915, from Melbourne, aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius and served as part of the 29th Battalion.
He was severley wounded in France in May 1917 and was transferred to England for treatment. Following this, he was invalided home.
A mention of his admission to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England suffering from severe gunshot wounds was published in the local press.
Werribee Shire Banner, 21 June 1917, p.2.
Peter returned to Australia per Berrima on 30 December 1917 and spent a further eight months undergoing treatment and convalescing in Caulfield Hospital.
He was discharged, medically unfit, on 4 April 1918.
After recovering from his injuries, Peter worked as a quarryman near little River until his death in 1926.
A report of his tragic death was published in the Werribee Shire Banner, 23 September 1926, p.2.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914-15 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
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