PRIVATE MICHAEL THOMAS MAHER
56TH BTTN AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY
25TH APRIL 1918 AGE 28
BURIED: AUBIGNY BRITISH CEMETERY, FRANCE
According to a file in the Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Private Maher was a stretcher bearer killed during the German attack on Villers Bretonneux. Four witnesses recalled that, whilst engaged in carrying wounded from the fighting to the Regimental Aid Post, he was hit in the temple and chest by a shell and killed outright. One witness mentioned that 'Mick' was "a very obliging chap, well thought of by his mates". In civilian life Michael Thomas Maher was a farmer, grazier, from Bethundra in New South Wales who had enlisted on 1 February 1916.