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Regimental number3444
Place of birthDonegal, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTownsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6.25"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Norah Donsheeby, 62 Florence Street, South Side, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1916
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date21 December 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Ayrshire', 22 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917; marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 13 April 1917.

Found guilty at Codford, 24 April 1917, of (1) being found in Codford without pass, 10.45 pm, 23 April 1917, and (2) being improperly dressed in that he was not wearing a belt while in Codford village: awarded fine of 2 days' pay. Found guilty at Codford, 19 May 1917, of being absent without leave, 8.00 am, 16 May, to 9.00 am, 18 May 1917: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 13 days' pay. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 6 August 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 8 June 1917; moved out to unit, 22 August 1917; taken on strength of 52nd Bn in the field, 21 October 1917.

Admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, arm, leg and foot); transferred to Ambulance Train '32', 24 October 1917; admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 25 October 1917; prepared for evacuation, 29 October 1917. Embarked on HS 'Brighton' and proceeded to England, 30 November 1917; admitted to Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, 30 November 1917 (multiple severe gun shot wounds, amputated arm above the elbow); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 25 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 31 January 1918. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 February 1918.

Found guilty at London, 16 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.30 am, 14 February, to 9.45 am, 16 February 1918: admonished by superior officer; forfeits total of 3 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia after change on HT 'Port Darwin', 12 July 1918; disembarked 2nd Military District, 17 August 1918, for onward travel to Brisbane. Discharged as being medically unfit for service, Brisbane, 21 December 1918 (amputated arm, severe gun shot wounds).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 June 1948
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCARRON John

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