|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Castlederg, Co Tyrone, Ireland|
|Address||Post Office, Boulder City, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||42|
|Next of kin||Father, C McCay, Waroona, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||Field Ambulance 4, Reinforcement 5|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||26/47/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||12th Field Ambulance|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'On 29th September, 1917, east of WESTHOEK RIDGE this man displayed great gallantry by going out under heavy enemy barrage and bringing in a wounded man. It is certain that had this man been left a minute longer where he fell, he would have been killed as the shell fire was most intense.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 19 June 1915. Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 2 July 1915 (rheumatism; no further details recorded). Found guilty of refusing to obey an order, 10 July 1915: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Wounded in action, 9 August 1915 (gun shot wound, left thigh); admitted to Base Details, Mudros, 4 September 1915; rejoined unit, 16 September 1915.
Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 12 November 1915; transferred by Hospital Ship to Alexandria and admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 November 1915; to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 24 November 1915; to New Zealand and Australian Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 24 November 1915 (pleurisy); discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezireh ('fit for Active Service'), 9 December 1915. Taken on strength, 12th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 29 February 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 11 June 1916.
Wounded in action, 8 August 1916 (shell wound, left leg), and admitted to 12th Field Ambulance; transferred to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 10 August 1916 (gun shot wound, leg); to England, 15 August 1916, and admitted to Lord Derby's War Hospital, Warrington, 16 August 1916. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 September 1916, and granted furlough to 6 October 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 29 November 1916; rejoined unit, 11 December 1916.
Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 18 July 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 19 July 1917; to 5th Convalescent Depot, 25 July 1917; to Base Details, 2 September 1917; rejoined unit, 12 September 1917.
Awarded the Military Medal.
To United Kingdom on leave, 13 December 1917; rejoined unit, 29 December 1917.
Admitted to No 41 Stationary Hospital, 7 October 1918 (debility); discharged to unit, 14 October 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 20 November 1918; rejoined unit, 6 December 1918. Marched out to England for return to Australia, 31 December 1918.
Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919;disembarked Melbourne, 23 March 1919; discharged, 22 May 1919.Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, McCAY Samuel John|