MCMAHON, Timothy Edmund

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Commemoration
  5. Notes
  6. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
World War I
Date of Enlistment
16/01/1916
Date of Discharge
05/05/1919
Place of Enlistment
Cooma NSW

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Date of Birth
26/10/1894
Place of Birth
Tharwa ACT
Address (at enlistment)
Michelago NSW (previously Tharwa ACT)
School(s) Attended
Tharwa School, Michelago Public School
Occupation
Labourer
Next of Kin
Michael McMahon (father), Michelago NSW

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
2196
Final Rank
Private
Final Unit
55 Battalion AIF

Commemoration

Queanbeyan RSL Wall of Remembrance, Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW
Michelago Public School Roll of Honour

Notes

Tim McMahon was born at either Majura or Tharwa (depending on your source) but he grew up near Tharwa with his older brother Michael and moved to Michelago with his family in about 1908. McMahon enlisted on 16 January 1916 as a member of the Men from Snowy River Route March. He embarked from Sydney in September 1916 as a Private with the 4th reinforcements to the 55th Battalion and arrived in France in December that year but was immediately hospitalised with bronchitis. He reached the frontline near Flers in January 1917 but by March was hospitalised with defective vision. He briefly rejoined his unit in July 1917 but was hospitalised shortly after with trench fever. By October 1917 he was blind in the right eye and had pains in his right leg. He returned to Australia in February 1919 and was discharged medically unfit on 5 May 1919. He returned to Michelago and lived at 'Hillview' until 1960 when it was burnt down after which he lived with relatives at nearby 'Drydale'. McMahon died on 11 May 1979, aged 84 years, at the Allambee Nursing Home in Belconnen and is buried in Michelago Cemetery. McMahon never married. He was the half brother of William and John Grady.

Description - height 5 feet 7 inches, weight 132 pounds, chest 34 inches, blue eyes, black hair, dark complexion, Catholic.

Sources

Rex Cross, Bygone Queanbeyan, 1980
Matthew Higgins, A Century of Learning : Tharwa Primary School 1899-1999, (1999)
Valerie Bofinger, Ryan: from Moycarkey, Tipperary to Mulligans Flat NSW, 1999
Stories from the ACT Memorial, 'Men from Snowy River', ACT Heritage Library www.library.act.gov.au/find/history/stories_from_the_act_memorial
Queanbeyan Age - 1 September 1916, 25 May 1917, 14 May 1979
The Canberra Times - 24 January 1970
Image courtesy of Mrs Colleen Cotter
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)

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Tim McMahon with his half-sister, Mary Grady, a nurse at Goulburn's Kenmore Hospital, 1916

Tim McMahon with his half-sister, Mary Grady, a nurse at Goulburn's Kenmore Hospital, 1916

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