Sgt Fahey John Patrick

  • Year of birth: 1892
  • Place of birth: Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of death: 27/09/1917
  • Place of death: Black Watch Corner, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 25
  • Profession: Printer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service number: 2632
  • Enlistment date: 02/08/1915
  • Enlistment place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 58th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force


Additional information

Sergeant John Patrick Fahey served in the Australian Infantry 58th Battalion, which was part of the 15th Brigade of the 5th Australian Division.
The 5th Australian participated in the Battle of Polygon wood that took place from the 26th of September till the 3rd of October. After the first day, the 58th Battalion had halted south of Polygon Wood, between Cameron House and Black Watch Corner.
At noon of the 27th of September, the Battalion was waiting in the assembly trench to be relieved. Relief would be completed in the night between the 27th and 28th of September. German shelling was heavy all day long, and the 58th Battalion had no choice but to wait it out.
When three large shells fell in the trench near Black Watch Corner, where the 58th Battalion was waiting to be relieved, sergeant John Patrick Fahey was killed instantly. He fell along with five machine gunners. He was buried the same day at Black Watch Corner, south of Polygon Wood on 27th of September 1917.
His remains were exhumed after the war and interred at the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke.