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Regimental number1073
Place of birthSouth Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMarlborough Avenue, Kilkenny, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W J McCarthy, Marlborough Avenue, Kilkenny, South Australia
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty whilst acting as drivers of a Horsed Ambulance Wagon in the ZONNEBEKE area, east of YPRES, during the operations on 22nd October, 1917,especially under the following circumstances: In the early morning of abovementioned date, whilst the enemy was heavily shelling the YPRES ZONNEBEKE Road with H.E. shells these drivers [McCARTHY and 2000 H.W. MARSHALL] volunteered to convey seriously wounded men down to the Motor Wagon Loading Post. This they continued to do until the whole number of the wounded had been cleared. The devotion to duty inspired other drivers to undertake the dangerous journey and a congestion was thereby averted.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 February 1962
Place of burialAltona Cemetery

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