General Reinforcements, AIF
Nepean Times 28 June 1919, p2, c2
The Late Pte H Ryan: Mrs J N Ryan, of Bailey Park, St Marys, has received the following communication from Base Records Office, Melbourne, under date June 7:-
With reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your son, the late No 59584, Private H Ryan, General Service Reinforcements, I am now in receipt of advice which shows that he was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, England, on 29 January, 1919, suffering with influenza (dangerously ill), where he died on 6th February, from broncho pneumonia. He was buried on the 11th ideam in St John the Evangelist Church-yard, Sutton Veny, England, separate single grave in virgin soil, consecrated ground, Chaplain the Rev T McKeown (Church of England) officiating. The deceased soldier was buried with full military honors, the coffin (elm with brass mounts) draped with the Australian flag, being borne to the graveside on a gun-carriage, preceded by a firing party from No 1 Australian Command Depot. The pall was supported by six members of deceased’s ;ate unit. The funeral was attended by two officers and about eighty non-commissioned officers and men who followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony. Headquarters AIF depots in United Kingdom were represented at the funeral. The utmost care and attention is being devoted where possible to the graves of our soldiers. It is understood that photographs are being taken as soon as is possible, and these will be transmitted to next-of-kin when available. These additional details are furnished by direction, it being the policy of the department to forward all information received in connection with deaths of members of the Australian Imperial Force.