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William Joseph Michael Sheehan was born in Kyneton, Victoria, was single and a Labourer when he enlisted with the 31st Battalion, Headquarters on 10 July 1915 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915. On 23 June 1916 he embarked at Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force. He was admitted to hospital briefly for illness in August 1916, but was released to re-join his unit on 1 September. On 14 February 1917 he suffered burns to his face and hands and was transferred to the 3rd Stat. Hospital in Rouen. Upon his discharge he was awarded furlough, but overstayed his leave. The wounds to his hands proved troublesome and he was awarded a medical discharge after returning to Australia aboard the Susvic on 27 September 1917.
Sometime during his service he married Mary Sheehan. A copy of his marriage certificate with the exact date was not present in his digitised records.
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