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Charles McCARTHY

Regimental number2417
Place of birthReefton, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 7.25"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah McCarthy, 188 Townsend Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 May 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross (Altered to Mention in Despatches)


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Discharge date5 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 1 August 1915; taken on strength, 11th Bn, Gallipoli, 4 August 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 29 September 1915 (cold and debility); discharged to duty, 1 October 1915; rejoined unit, 2 October 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 29 October 1915 (typhoid), and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Hospital Ship; to General Hospital, Gibraltar, 7 November 1915 (dysentery); to Convalescent Depot, Gibraltar, 15 November 1915; to England, 22 November 1915, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol, 28 November 1915. Discharged to Australian Intermediate Base, Abbey Wood, 4 January 1916. Treated for venereal disease, 12-25 May 1916 (14 days), and 26-28 May 1916 (3 days): pay stopped for those periods.

Tried by District Court Martial, 3 November 1916, on two charges: (1) Absent without leave from 5 May until apprehended at 12.40 am, 22 September 1916; (2) Losing, by neglect, his clothing and regimental necessities in that he at Australian Intermediate Base, Abbey Wood, on or about 4 May 1916 was deficient of Breeches pairs one 13/5, Brush tooth one 3d, Razor one 1/9, Badges 4/10d, Boots two pairs 28/2, U/pants pairs two 8/-, Pantaloons one pair 18/5, Shirt one 5/9, Socks pairs two2/2, Singlet one 4/-, Towel one 11½d, Knife one 4½d, Fork one 4½d, Spoon one 5½d: Total value ₤4-9-11. Found guilty on both charges: awarded 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour, and stoppage of pay until deficiency made good. Total forfeiture of pay: 363 days'.

Unexpired portion of sentence of 6 months remitted, 12 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 June 1917; rejoined 11th Bn, in the field, 27 June 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 16 June 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 3 July 1918.

Embarked for England for return to Australia, 17 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 27 April 1919; discharged, Perth, 5 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCARTHY Charles

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