Birth date: 1888
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Orange
Final rank: Private
Service number: 1590 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Battalion

Edward Michael McNamee was born at Orange, New South Wales, in 1888. The 26-year-old labourer enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 18 December 1914 and departed Brisbane with reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Seang Choon on 13 February 1915.

In May 1915 McNamee joined the battalion on Gallipoli. After serving on the peninsula he was sent to the Western Front in March 1916. In his diary McNamee recorded short daily entries describing his experiences of trench fighting on the front in 1916 and 1917. One such entry concerned the opening stages of Pozières on 22 July 1916, which he called "the great Australian attack in France", and commented on the Australian advance against heavy machine-gun fire.

McNamee continued to serve on the Western Front for the remainder of the war and on two occasions in 1918 was admitted to hospital due to the effects of gas attacks. He returned to Australia in early 1919 and was discharged in March that year.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 13 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Brisbane

Collection Items

Digitised Collection (1)

Diary of Edward Michael McNamee, 1915-1917 RCDIG0000998

Private Record (1)

McNamee, Edward Michael (Private) PR00755

Private Record

McNamee, Edward Michael (Private)

Diary of 1590 Private Edward Michael McNamee (D Company, 9th Battalion) for 1916. Following summary notes of his involvement at Gallipoli the previous year, the diary records his experiences in Egypt before crossing to France in April. Its short daily entries later describe his experiences of...


Digitised Collection

Diary of Edward Michael McNamee, 1915-1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1590 Private Edward Michael McNamee. In this diary, kept between 1915 and 1917, McNamee details his service with 9th Battalion at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He describes his involvement at Gallipoli, the fighting at Pozieres, the Second...



Date of birth 1888
Date of embarkation 1915-02-13