Charles Leo MAHER

Year of Birth:  1894

Place of Birth:  Irvinebank, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  29 December 1914

Date and Place of Embarkation:  13 February 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Seang Choon A49

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  15th Australian Infantry Battalion – 1 to 5 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  1517

Died:  25 April 1915 Gallipoli



Private Charles Leo Maher – photo courtesy RSL Virtual War Memorial


Charles Leo Maher was born 23 July 1894 in Irvinebank to James Maher and Maria McDonald. His father James died in 1905 and his mother Maria in 1908. Charles then lived with his Aunt, Eliza Healy.

Maher Street Mareeba was named after Charles Leo Maher.

On his enlistment in Cairns, he was 20 years 5 months, his occupation a Locomotive Fireman, his next of kin was his sister, Miss Maggie Maher, Herberton North Queensland. His height was 5 feet 8 ½ inches, weighed 144 pounds with dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. His religion was Roman Catholic.

Charles Leo Maher was killed in action in Gallipoli 25 April 1915 and was buried at Quinn’s Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.


HMAT Seang Choon A49 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA B2455 – Letter from his sister Maggie


NAA B2455 – letter from his brother J Maher


NAA B2455 – letter from his cousin


Northern Herald 18 January 1915, page 31. Trove.



Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Image Charles Leo Maher, RSL Virtual War Memorial

Photograph of the: HMAT Seang Choon A49 , Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Maher Charles Leo, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Queensland History


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