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Surname MEEHAN
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) William Patrick
Regimental Number 1082
Unit Name 1st Australian Horse
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

McLachlan: ?MEEHAN MP page 203.
Murray: died Adelaide 24.1.1900.
URL2: 1912 wreath laying ceremony at grave in Catholic Cemetery West Terrace Adelaide SA, died 29.1.1900 in Adelaide Hospital en route to South Africa.
URL4: military funeral of Tpr. MEEHAN NSW Contingent from Adelaide Hospital to West Terrace Cemetery 31.1.1900.
URL1: Muswellbrook 27.12.1899, Corporal YATES, Privates MEEHAN, ALLWOOD and BOWEN (G Company), also DOWSE (late New South Wales Lancers), CAVANAGH (Irish Fusiliers), and KEAY (late Queensland Reserve Forces) left this morning. They were accorded a send-off. Privates J CURRAN and E. SWEENEY leave this afternoon. Six horses were trucked to-day.
URL6: "WAITING FOR THE REVEILLE." Sergeant G HEANEY has sent us a photograph of a monument erected over the grave - in the Catholic Cemetery, West Terrace - of Trooper PW MEEHAN, of the Australian Horse, who died in Adelaide from pneumonia while on his way to the front. The monument was erected by funds subscribed and collected by a committee of the Military Band, and augmented by the proceeds of a sacred rotunda concert given by the band some months ago. The stone is a beautiful piece of work, executed by Mr. W DARBY, of Grenfell Street, at a cost of 28, and has been photographed by Mr. SJ DAILEY, of Franklin Street. On the stone is the following inscription - "In memory of Trooper PW MEEHAN, Australian Horse, NSW Contingent, who died at the Adelaide Hospital en route to South Africa, 29.1.1900. Aged 28 years. Waiting for the Reveille. Erected by the SA Military Band." After paying for the monument a balance was obtained, and this has been forwarded to Mrs. MEEHAN, together with photos of the grave and monument. Photographs have also been sent to the New South Wales Staff Office and to the Non-Commissioned Officers' Club in Sydney. The committee responsible for the success of the generous movement consisted of Bandmaster HODDER, Sergeant MALEY, Privates [illegible], MCNUTTY and O'SULLIVAN, Sergeant HEANEY Secretary and Lance-Corporal INGERSON Treasurer.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 47 203
Ad. Advertiser: Adelaide Advertiser newspaper date(s) 16.9.1912
West Australian: West Australian newspaper date(s) 1.2.1900
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 28.12.1899 & 30.1.1900
Ad. Observer: Observer newspaper, Adelaide date(s) 4.8.1900
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Colin Roe

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