Michael James McGrath is an Australian citizen and a veteran of the First World War. His memory still lives on today with Help for Heros. His and his comrades’ bravery played a key role in the eventual victory over Germany and its allies in Europe. He served in the Australian Imperial Force as a member of the 26th Australian Infantry Battalion under the rank of ‘Private’. His service number is still registered as number 1906 and records show he enlisted at the age of 35. His service was long, however, eventually, he was killed in action on 4 October 1917 in the famous British led Battle of Broodseinde.
Conflict/Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Conflict Eligibility Date: First World War, 1914-1921
Date of Death: 4 October 1917 – Battle of Broodseinde
Enlisted: Age 35
The 26th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. It was raised in April 1915 to take part in World War I and was assigned to the 7th Brigade. Its personnel were recruited from Tasmania and Queensland. Although its composition was relatively small, it proved to be an effective fighting force. After arriving in Australia on 4 September 1939, the 26th Australian Infantry Battalion established a camp in Kissing Point near Townsville. The unit enlisted from all over Queensland's country towns.
The 26th Battalion fought at the battle of Menin Road on 20 September and the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October 1917. It was one of the most famous and vital battles of the war. However, this was the battle in which Michael James McGrath would lose his life fighting bravely.
The Battle of Broodseinde was a major battle that took place on 4 October 1917 near Ypres, Belgium. The battle pitted the British Second and Fifth armies (including 26th Australian Infantry Battalion Service) against the German 4th Army. It was the most successful Allied attack during the Third…
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