Regimental number657
Place of birthGlasgow Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraph linesman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMrs Bessie McCafferty, Glasgow, Scotland
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Cerisy on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 4 March 1917, 16 August 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'On 19th July, 1916, during attack by 5th Australian Division opposite FROMELLES, an important observation post was cut off by shell fire from all telephonic communication with Group Headquarters. Bombardier McCAFFERTY repaired the telephone wires, passed through an enemy barrage, entered the observation station and re-established communication. This incident came too late to be brought to notice at the time. During the period from 27th November, 1916, to 30th January, 1917, Bombardier McCAFFERTY was placed in charge of Brigade communications in the GUEUDECOURT Sector. The existing line system was found to be useless, and under his supervision a new system (embracing 21 miles of cable) was laid. Included was a buried wire to front line trench laid under constant shell fire and most difficult weather conditions. This N.C.O. has continuously displayed keen devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 September 1967
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium