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Edward McCARTHY

Regimental number1905
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressSubiaco GPO, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4.75"
Weight121 lbs
Next of kinFather, John McCarthy, 187 Hamersly Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Discharge date27 November 1919
Other details

Taken on strength, 3rd Reserve Regiment, Heliopolis, 6 March 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 26 March 1916; discharged to unit same day.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 5 June 1916 (influenza); transferred by Hospital Train to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 6 June 1916; transferred to Convalescent Depot, Ras el Tin, 10 June 1916; discharged to duty, 30 June 1916; rejoined unit, 1 July 1916.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from Reveille, 13 July 1916, until returned under escort, 24 August 1916: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited total of 43 days' pay.

Detached to Imperial Camel Corps, 1 September 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 7 September 1916 (Nile fever); transferred to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 12 September 1916; discharged, 30 September 1916; rejoined unit, 1 October 1916.

Taken on strength, 2nd Anzac Bn, Imperial Camel Corps, 11 November 1916.

Found guilty, 5 March 1917, of being drunk and resisting arrest: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2. Discharged to duty from Field Punishment Compound, 31 March 1917.

Admitted to 1/3 Welsh Field Ambulance, Palestine, 20 July 1917 (pyrexia); tramnsferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 22 July 1917; to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 July 1917; taken on strength A&NZ Reserve, ICC, from hospital, 1 August 1917.

Posted to 3rd Anzac Bn, ICC, 20 August 1917.

Detached for duty to Brigade Headquarters, 7 August 1917.

Attched for trade test as Wireless Operator to 67 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

Admitted to43rd Stationary Hospital, 15 December 1917 (malaria); transferred to 24th General Hospital, Cairo, 18 December 1917; to Port Said Rest Camp, 4 January 1918. Taken on strength, 4th Anzac Bn, whilst in hospital, 30 December 1917.

Marched out to Australian Base Depot, Abbassia, 20 January 1918.

Found guilty, 15 February 1918, of (1) breaking camp; (2) being absent without leave from 1600, 13 February, until apprehended by Military Police at about 2200 the same day: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Posted to 4th Bn, and taken on strength, 22 February 1918.

Admitted to Scottish Horse Field Ambulance, 11 March 1918; transferred to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 13 March 1918 (malaria); to 14th Australian General Hospital, 16 March 1918.

Found guilty, 14th Australian General Hospital, 1 April 1918, of disobedience to hospital orders in that he was absent from his ward at 9 pm on 29 March: deprived of 14 days' pay (£3.10.0).

Transferred to Port Said Rest Camp, 22 April 1918. Found guilty, 22 april 1918, of disobedience to hospital orders in that he was absent from his ward at 9 pm on 19 April: deprived of 7 days' pay (£1.15.0).

Found guilty, 20 May 1918, of (1) breaking camp; (2) being absent without leave from 1400 until apprehended by Military Police at about 1700 same day: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited £1.5.0 pay [3 days'].

Taken on strength, 13th Company, 4th Bn, Abbassia, 26 May 1918.

Found guilty, 20 July 1918, of when on Active Service being absent without leave from 0900, 19 july, until 0400, 20 July 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Marched into 5th Light Horse Brigade Details, Moascar, 5 August 1918.

Embarked Haafa, 13 October 1918; disembarked, 14 October 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, 17 October 1918; transferred to Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 2 December 1918 (venereal disease); rejoined 15th Light Horse Regiment, 3 January 1919.

Found guilty, 17 January 1919, of drunkenness, 16 January 1919: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 15th Light Horse Field Ambulance, 27 January 1919; transferred to 15th Casualty Clearing Station; to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 2 February 1919; discharged, 31 March 1919: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 66 days (1 day concurrent with Field Punishment sentence).

Found guilty, 31 March 1919, of absence in that he absented himself without leave from 2ASH from 0930, 30 March, til 0625, 31 March 1919: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 1 day's pay. Released from Field Punishment Compound, 9 April 1919; rejoined 15th Light Horse Regiment, 11 April 1919.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 13 May 1919; discharged from hospital, 16 July 1919 (venereal disease).

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT 'Dongala', 26 July 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 17 August 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 27 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCARTHY Edward

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