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Regimental number356
Place of birthCushendun, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAntrim, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rose McCurdy, Cushenden,Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Transferred to 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, 24 December 1916.

To hospital, 10 February 1917 (pyrexia); rejoined unit, 18 February 1917.

Marched out to 1st Anzac Entrenching Bn, 6 May 1917; marched into 1st Anzac Entrenching Bn, 9 May 1917 (unfit for tunnelling).

Transferred to 2nd Pioneer Bn, 25 May 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 26 May 1917.

Admitted to Central Military Hospital, Belfast, whilst on leave, 15 September 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 11 January 1918; discharged, 16 January 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 January 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, 18 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ‘Durham Castle’, 10 March 1918; discharged, 14 June 1918 (medically unfit, gastritis).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCURDY James

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