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Title: Montague Byrne
Formatted Name: Byrne, Montague Charles
Rank: Private
Place of Birth: Darwin
Biographical notes: Son of William Joseph and Elizabeth Anne nee Spry. His mother’s brother, Mordaunt Spry, was killed in action on Gallipoli in November 1915. In June 1917 Elizabeth received news that her son, Private Montague Charles Byrne, aged 22, had been killed on the Western Front. The newspaper indicated that Monty was a good artist and some of his drawings hung in the office of E.T. Batchelor, when he was External Affairs Minister in charge of the Northern Territory. The news of Monty's death coincided with Will and Elizabeth moving to Tipperary, their new station.
Occupation: Stockman
Age at Enlistment: 21
Unit: 9th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1917-05-07
Place of Death: Bullecourt (France)
Memorials: Villers-Bretonneux (France)
Darwin Cenotaph
Service History: Byrne's unit embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A49 'Seang Choon' on 4 May 1916. He was killed 7 May 1917.
Related link: NT Place Names Register : Byrne Park
From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line : the history of the 9th Battalion, A.I.F. by Norman K. Harvey. Uckfield, East Essex, U.K. : The Naval & Military Press in association with Imperial War Museum, 2009.
Roll of Honour
Nominal Roll
"Letter from Monte", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 4 January 1917: p. 19.
Service Record
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux (France)
"News & Notes", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 7 June 1917: p.12.
Unit War diary
Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography edited by David Carment. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Campaigning with the fighting 9th (in and out of the line with the 9BN A.I.F.) 1914-1919 by C.M. Wrench. Brisbane : Boolarong Publications for 9th Battalions Association, 1985.
"Letter from Monte", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 2 November 1916: p.8.
Embarkation Roll
NT Place Names Register : Byrne Circuit
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011.
Commonwealth War Graves - Villers- Bretonneux Memorial - Charles Montague Byrne
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
World War, 1914-1918
Northern Territory
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