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Richard Scott CARRICK

Date of birth11 October 1878
Place of birthGothenberg, Sweden
Other trainingGraduate in civil engineering, University of Oregon, USA
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineering draughtsman
AddressThe Laurels, Cremorne, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 7"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Carrick, Gafle, Sweden
Previous military serviceServed for 3 months in the Northumberland Fusiliers; discharged at own request.
Enlistment date10 September 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name5th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Engineers
Promotions

Lieutenant


Promotion date: 25 April 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 10 July 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 22 December 1919
Medals

Military Cross

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty and ability in pushing forward with a platoon allotted to him for the digging of a strong point. He carried out the work without a protective screen, and, when the assaulting troops closed in to cover the gap in front of his strong point, he went forward through heavy shell and machine gun fire and pointed out the front line position.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date20 January 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Attached to 4th Field Company Engineers, Moascar, 11 February 1916; transferred to 12th Field Company Engineers, Tel el Kebir, 10 March 1916. Promoted Lt, 25 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 11 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 September 1916 (gun shot wound, chest); admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, 23 September 1916; transferred to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 28 September 1916; to England, 14 October 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital same day (bomb wound, chest); to 5th Auxiliary Hospital, 25 October 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 December 1916; marched in to Perham Downs, 15 December 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 17 March 1917; rejoined unit, 24 March 1917.

Promoted Temporary Captain, 2 May 191; relinquished temporary ranl, 15 June 1917. Detached for duty to Headquarters, 4th Australian Division Engineers, 16 June 1917; transferred to 4th Field Company Engineers, 26 November 1917. On leave to United Kingdom, 2 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 17 March 1918. Promoted Captain, 8 July 1918. Transferred to 1st Australian Division Engineers, 10 July 1918, and taken on strength, 3rd Field Company Engineers. On leave to United Kingdom, 27 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 12 September 1918.

Awarded the Military Cross.

Granted leave without pay and subsistence to visit relatives in Sweden, 2 February-2 August 1919. Marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 9 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board 'Port Sydney', 22 September 1919; discharged, 20 January 1920.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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