J. McInroy

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Daylesford Cemetery headstone for John McInroy 2014. Photograph: Clare Gervasoni


John McInroy was born at Horsham, Victoria.[1]

After World War One John McInroy returned to Daylesford where he lived with his wife, Frances, in Stanhope Street.[2]

In 1923 McInroy was working for the Mail Branch in the Postmaster General's Department, Sydney.[3]

John McInroy died on 26 December 1950 and is buried in the Daylesford Cemetery.[4]

Military Experience

Sapper (3934) John McInroy was a 29 year old married taxi driver when he enlisted at Daylesford on 01 March 1916. At the time of his enlistment he was a member of the 5th Tunnelling Company.[5] On 28 August 1916 John McInroy proceeded overseas, and on 29 September 1916 he was taken on strength with the 2nd Tunnelling Company.[6]

On 21 December 1917 McIntyre was considered permanently unfit for general service and for home service in England. He left England for Australia on board the Corinthic on 10 January 1918, and was discharged on 04 April 1918.[7]

On 19 March 1918 while on board the Corinthic the following report was written:

Has been a miner since age of 17.
He states he was in France for 16 Mos. Has had a cough since Nov. 1916. While on leave, was admitted to 2nd Scottish Hospital, with bronchitis.
30.11.1918. Pale and anaemic looking. Slight cough. Some sh. of br. on exertion. Looks debilitated.
Chest: Slight kyphosis in dorsal region. No sharp angle. Movements of lumbar spine poor. Right apex retracted. Dull on percussion. B.S. weak, expiration prolonged.V.R. plus plus. No adventitios sounds.
X-Ray report: Poor diaphrangmatic movement both sides. Marked increase in fibrous tissue and enlargement of glads in hilus region. Some increase in fibrous tissue of lungs.
Sputum: No T.B.[8]

On 18 July 1918 John McInroy wrote from Daylesford:

To O.C. Base Records
Just a few lines to ask for record of sickness during service, as I am a lodge member and entitled to benefits. I am not satisfied with result forwarded to the lodge when applied for, thus Nov 23rd to 3 Dec 1916 - Oct 19th to Dec 15th 1917.
I was again admitted to hospital on Dec 17th 1917 and boarded for Australia as Medically unfit for service about 22nd Dec in Australia on March 3rd, examined again at Caulfield and discharged from April 4th 1918 as being medically unfit on full pension. Therefore why should the lodge be notified declared off sick fund on Dec 15th 1917.
I am sorry to trouble you for this but it is my just rights I am seeking.
I remain yours faithfully

John McInroy Late with 2nd Tunnelling Coy. A.I.F. No. 3934.[9]

See also

2nd Tunnelling Company

5th Tunnelling Company



  1. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  2. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  3. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  4. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  5. Research by Damian Finlayson
  6. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  7. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  8. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.
  9. NAA: B2455 McInroy J.

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--Cgervasoni (talk) 19:58, 30 April 2014 (EST); --Cgervasoni (talk) 15:57, 28 September 2014 (AEST)