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James McCARTHY

Regimental number3595
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressPerth GPO, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, John McCarthy, Barrabup, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun section during an attack. All his section became casualties, but he carried the gun and ammunition forward himself. On reaching the objective he got his gun into position, and kept it in action during the whole period of consolidation, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. He rendered his company valuable support at a critical time, and set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Date of death19 June 1960
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery

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