Andrew James McCAFFREY

Regimental number3880
Place of birthSydney
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWoolgoolga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Phillips, 125 Flinders Street, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 May 1918

FateKilled in Action 27 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave No. 3), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Ellen MCCAFFREY, 310A Bourke Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney

Military Medal

'On morning 14th May, 1918 during enemy attack on our lines near MORLANCOURT, south of Albert??? was No. 1 on a Lewis Gun. In the absence of his section commander he assumed command and led the section with dash and skill. By the heavy fire from his gun he greatly assisted in keeping the enemy down while our attacking party advanced. just as the objective was within reach he, unassisted, rushed his gun out to a flank, and by his movement practically made certain that no enemy would escape. Any who attempted to get back were promptly shot. He remained in the position with his gun and kept down enemy fire while the situation was being cleared up. His high spirits did much to encourage his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Medal