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John Michael McCARTHY

Regimental number2227
Place of birthBerridale New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCootralantra via Cooma, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine McCarthy, Cootralantra via Cooma, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Military Medal

'At LOUVERVAL on the 2nd April, 1917, this soldier by his fine example and bravery, exercised a very great influence on the men in his vicinity. on several occasions, seeing wounded men lying out under enemy fire, he went out through heavy fire and brought them back to cover to enable stretcher bearers, on their arrival, to deal quickly with the cases. Private McCARTHY was first in everything that was needed and displayed wonderful coolness throughout the BattalionUs tour of duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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