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Regimental number968
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm hand
Address17 Crane Court, Belfast, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret McCartney, 17 Crane Court, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 February 1917
Discharge date28 May 1917
Other details

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Glenart Castle', Gallipoli, 28 September 1915 (dysentery); transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 4 October 1915; to A&NZ Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 12 October 1915; discharged to Base Details, 6 November 1915; returned to duty, Gallipoli, 8 December 1915.

Admitted to hospital, Mudros, 31 December 1915; returned to duty, 3 January 1916 (no further details recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 28 July 1916 (gun shot wound, right shoulder, chest and leg); admitted to 1/2 South Midland Field Ambulance, 30 July 1916; transferred to 13th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 2 August 1916 ('dangerously ill'). Transferred to England, 29 August 1916, and admitted same day to Napsbury War Hospital, St Albans, and thence, same day, to Countess of Middlesex War Hospital (wound slight); to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 2 December 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Avonmouth on board HT 'Karoola', 22 February 1917; discharged (medically unfit: wounded, right leg and knee), Sydney, 28 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 May 1972
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCARTNEY Francis

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