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Re: William John Mc Inerney1896-1916
Posted by: Mel Bliss (ID *****3363) Date: June 21, 2002 at 02:58:06
In Reply to: William John Mc Inerney1896-1916 by Michelle Burger of 368

Hi Michelle,
I too am a McInerney descendant but as yet i can find no link between us, HOWEVER i found this on the commonweath war graves commission web site @ www.cwgc.org. Other useful sites include www.awm.gov.au (Australian War Memorial Canberra official site), www.naa.gov.au/the_collection/defence/conflicts/ww1/ww1.html (National Archives of Australia WW1 Records Section with links to Record Search). Hope this helps..

Debt of Honour Register
In Memory of

WILLIAM JOHN McINERNEY

Private
307
59th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F

who died on
Wednesday 19 July 1916 .

Cemetery: V.C. CORNER AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY MEMORIAL, FROMELLESNord, France
Grave or Reference Panel Number: 17.
Location: Fromelles is a village 16 kilometres west of Lille and VC Corner Australian Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-west of Fromelles on the road to Sailly.
Historical Information: On the morning of 19 July 1916, after a preliminary bombardment, the 5th Australian and 61st (South Midland) Divisions undertook what is officially known as the Attack at Fromelles. The 61st Division attack failed in the end, with the loss of over 1,000 officers and men out of 3,410 who took part in it. The Australian left and centre reached the German trenches and held their second line during the day and night, but the right was held off by a fierce machine-gun barrage and only reached the front line in isolated groups. The action was broken off on the morning of 20 July, after the 5th Australian Division had lost over 5,000 officers and men. It was the first serious engagement of the Australian forces in France, and the only one to achieve no success. V.C. Corner Cemetery was made after the Armistice. It contains the graves of over 400 Australian soldiers who died in the Attack at Fromelles and whose bodies were found on the battlefield, but not a single body could be identified. It was therefore decided not to mark the individual graves, but to record on a screen wall the names of all the Australian soldiers who were killed in the engagement and whose graves were not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, commemorates almost 1,300 Australian casualties


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