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Thomas Michael McCARTHY

Regimental number16473A
Place of birthWexford, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSailor
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight189 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary McCarthy, St Patrick's Square, Wexford, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Place of enlistmentHMT 'Berrima' at sea
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 15, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/42/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1919
Discharge date13 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked in Australia for overseas service, 4 July 1916.

Found guilty at Fort Wallington, 13 September 1916, of beng absent from 6.00 am parade: awarded 1 days' confinement to barracks. Found guilty at Fort Wallington, 21 October 1916, of neglect of duty: awarded 21 days' detention. Found guilty at Codford, 4 November 1916, of being absent without leave from Reville: awarded 15 days' detention; forfeited total of 33 days' pay. Marched into Australian Artillery Training Depot, 23 October 1916. Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Prince Henrietta', 28 November 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 November 1916; marched out to the field, 14 December 1916; taken on strength of 16th Battalion, 16 December 1916.

Fallen down ill in the field, 23 March 1917; admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 March 1917, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station (scabies); to hospital, 24 March 1917; to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 April 1917 (chronic rheumatism); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1917; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 April 1917 (myalgia). Proceeded to England on HS 'Viper', 26 April 1917; admitted to Military Hospital, Castleigh, 27 April 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, from 2nd Western Hospital, Manchester, 24 July 1917; discharged on furlough, 2 August 1917. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 August 1917; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 20 September 1917.

Found guilty, 29 October 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 pm, 12 October, to 12.00 pm, 25 October 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 28 days' pay. Found guilty at Hurdcott, 28 November 1917, of being absent from dental parade for 1 hour: awarded 2 days' closed confinement. Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 5 December 1917.

Found guilty at Sandhill, 25 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 7.00 am, 21 February, to 9.00 am, 25 February 1918: forfeits 15 days' pay; forfeited total of 19 days' pay. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 3 April 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 April 1918.

Admitted to Burdon Military Hopital, Weymouth, 18 April 1918 (not yet determined); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, 13 May 1918; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 May 1918.

Found guilty at Hurdcott, 19 June 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.00 pm, 11 June, to 10.15 pm, 18 June 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 22 days' pay. Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 25 June 1918.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 17 July 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 18 July 1918; moved out to field, 20 July 1918; rejoined unit, 24 July 1918.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 28 July 1918, and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station (bomb wound, thigh); admitted to 16th General Hospital, Le Treport, 1 August 1918; admitted to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 30 August 1918; discharged to duty, 21 September 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, 22 September 1918; moved out to field, 30 September 1918; rejoined unit, 1 October 1918; detached to 4th Australian Motorised Transport Company, 12 December 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 December 1918, and transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station (gonorrhoea); admitted to General Hospital, 31 December 1918; discharged to duty, 14 February 1919 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 50 days); marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, 26 February 1919; moved out to field, 4 March 1919; rejoined unit, 7 March 1919.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, 27 March 1919 (not yet determined). Proceeded to England on HS 'Aberdonian', 29 March 1919; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 30 March 1919 (venereal disease); discharged to No 4 Group, Hurdcott, 10 May 1919 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 45 days).

Found guilty, 9 June 1919, of being absent without leave, 2.00 pm, 28 May, to 12.00 pm, 6 June 1919: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 12 days' pay. Marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 15 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Borda', 9 December 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 January 1920; discharged Melbourne, 13 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCARTHY Thomas Michael

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