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James Anthony McEVOY

Regimental number1544A
Place of birthRushworth, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCornella Creek, via Colbinabbin, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, James McEvoy, Cornella Creek via Colbinabbin, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 April 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of August, 18th 1918, in the vicinity of HERLEVILE, this man displayed great courage and devotion to duty. Whilst his Company was taking up an outpost line, it came under a very severe bombardment which caused several casualties. Careless for his own safety and having carried them back to a place of safety, came forward and joined his Company. On September 1st, 1918, in the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE this man, acting as a Stretcher Bearer, heedless of machine gun fire and heavy shelling, went out in front time after time, and carried on with the dressing and bringing in of wounded men. When the Company withdrew from the edge of the village to permit of Artillery preparation for a further advance, Private McEVOY attending to several wounded men did not withdraw until he had completed the work of easing their pain and get them into places of safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date19 December 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5149 Pte John Joseph McEVOY, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 15 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, Gallipoli, 19 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 21 February 1916 (parotitis); transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 26 February 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, and marched in to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 5 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, Moascar, 17 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Admitted to 1st Anzac Rest Station, 22 August 1916 (bruised back); discharged to duty, 27 August 1916.

Admitted to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers (influenza); transferred to England, 7 December 1916, and admitted same day to Chatham Military Hospital (pyrexia); discharged on furlough, 3 January 1917, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 18 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 5 May 1917 (gun shot wound, face), and admitted to 5th Field Ambulance; transferred to Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 3 June 1917; to 11th Convalescent Camp, Buchy, 25 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 11 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 October 1917.

On leave to England, 30 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 20 February 1918.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 22 February 1918 (scabies); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 1 March 1918.

Found guilty, 4 March 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 14 February, to 8 am, 19 February 1918: reduced to Private (from Lance Corporal), and forfeited a total of 5 days' pay.

Awarded Military Medal.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Macquarie', 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit: disability not stated), Melbourne, 19 December 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 March 1927
Age at death41
Place of burialColbinabbin Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, McEVOY James Anthony

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