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Henry Gerald McCAFFERY

Regimental number2782
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSan Remo, George's River Road, Croydon
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Francis Thos McCaffery, San Remo, George's River Road, Croydon
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Field Ambulance, C Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship members of this unit sailed on. Two ships left from Sydney: the 'Ajana' on 31 May 1915 carrying three officers and 98 men and the 'Ceramic' on 25 June 1915 carrying three officers and 129 men.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'On the 10th October, 1917, between KIT AND KAT north of WESTHOEK and WESTHOEK, a heavy H.E. and shrapnel barrage lay for more than two hours between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on the path by which evacuation was to have been carried out. When the evacuation of wounded seemed in danger of being help up, McCAFFERY set a splendid example of courage by calling on the men to make squads to carry through, and repeatedly himself carried patients through the barrage. By his coolness and example he encouraged all the bearers who were working in that area.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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