Francis Joseph McMahon


Shown below are some images of my Grandfather, Francis Joseph McMahon, who served with the North Irish Horse from 1914 to 1917, the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers from 1917 to 1919, and the 11th and 16th Garrison Battalions, Australian Military Forces from 1939 to 1945.

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Frank, his family and friends

Family in Ireland before the war
Philip McMahon
Catherine McMahon
Philip and Catherine McMahon
Mary McMahon


Rossa Patrick McMahon
Frank McMahon with Jessie Todd
Mary McMahon




First World War

In Egypt
Discharge certificate
Victory medal




Between the Wars

Manchester, January 1923
Sydney 1932




Second World War

When the war broke out, Frank enlisted in the Australian Military Forces, even though he was 45 years old. He was assigned to the 16th Garrison Battalion and quickly rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class I. He spent much of the war at the prisoner of war and internment camp at Hay, New South Wales.

Sergeants' Mess
Warrant Officers
Inspection of the guard
A game of Chinese Checkers
Mounted group, Hay
16th Garrison Battalion reunion dinner
HMT Dunera, Sydney




1946 to 1971

Royal Military College Chapel
Remembrance wall, Canberra