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John Bede MOYLAN


John Bede MOYLAN

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  Mounted Constable

Stations:  Orange, Rylstone

Service:  From  ?  to  ?


Australian Imperial Force

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron, I.C.C. ( Imperial Camel Corps. ) 1916/17.

Enlisted:  1 September 1914

Service #  435

Rank:  Lance Corporal, 1st Lieutenant & QM ( Quarter Master ), Captain

Embarkation:  From Sydney on HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914

Next of kin:  Mrs. A. H. Moylan, wife, of Rockley, vid George’s place, NSW

Religion:  Roman Catholic

Injuries:  May 1918 had a fall whilst alighting from a train in Egypt, suffering injury to his back & side but went back to duty a short time later ( this may have contributed to his death 4 months later ).




Awards:  MC ( Military Cross ), Victory Medal & British War Medal.

Born? ? 1878 in Crookwell, NSW

Died on:  28 September 1918

Place of death: Egypt

Cause:  Pneumonia & Nephitis

Age:  40

Funeral date?

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Gaza Military Cemetery. Plot XXXII, G. 7., Palestine


[alert_blue]JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED



According to his records. He was born in Crookwell, NSW in 1878. At the time of his enlistment his occupation was Mounted Constable. He was stationed at Orange for a time and was stationed at Rylstone when he enlisted on 01/09/1914 aged 36.

He rose through the ranks very quickly and during 1916/17 whilst attached to the ICC (Imperial Camel Corps) was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and QM (Quarter Master).

In May 1918 he had a fall whilst alighting from a train in Egypt and suffered an injury to his back and side but went back to duty a short time later (This may have contributed to his death 4 months later).

At the time of his non HOD injury his rank was Captain and still QM ( Quarter Master ) of the 3rd British Camel Battalion.

In the London Gazette 03/06/1918 Captain John Bede MOYLAN awarded the Military Cross (MC) for Conspicuous Service.

The MC is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces”

He was also awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

On 28/9/1918 aged 40 died in Egypt from Pneumonia and Nephitis ( a very painful and life threatening kidney complaint).

It should also be noted that he also enlisted and served as a Trooper in the NSW Lancers, Boer War.

He is buried in the Gaza Military Cemetery. Plot XXXII, G, 7. There are 2 other plot locations (may have been ‘relocated’ after initial burial).

I think they may have got his ‘age’ wrong giving it as 42. All records indicate that he was 40 at the time of his death.

Research by Kevin Banister


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