Victory Medal with MID : Lieutenant P C Callahan, 6 Battalion, AIF

Unit 6th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number REL/12692.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Victory Medal with Mention in despatches oak leaf attached to ribbon. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

1919 Sergeant (later Lieutenant ) Patrick Celestine Callahan was born in Victoria in 1892. He was a railway employee when he enlisted from Geelong, at the age of 22, on 2 March 1915. He was allocated to the 5th Reinforcements of 6 Battalion, AIF. Callahan served on Gallipoli, in Egypt, France and Belgium. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, as a corporal, in Belgium during the Third Battle of Ypres. Callahan was promoted to sergeant shortly afterwards and was awarded the Military Medal on 26 October 1917, also east of Ypres. The date of his award of Mention in despatches is not known. He returned to Australia on 23 September 1919. Callahan enlisted again during the Second World War, serving as a lieutenant with the number V17633. He served with 12 Garrison Battalion between July 1941 and April 1944.