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Regimental number6849
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o W L Shepherd, Naranderra Road, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8.25"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Carey, Wangaratta, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of ecxema)
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1917
Discharge date1 November 1917
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 4991 Pte Alfred CAREY, 22nd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 December 1918; 5566 Pte Charles Henry CAREY, 22nd Bn, killed in action, 18 September 1917; 719 Pte Frederick CAREY, 36th Bn, killed in action, 21 January 1917; 2585 Pte Thomas Lindsay CAREY MM, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 November 1918; 6778 Pte George Leslie CAREY, 20th Bn/22nd Reinforcements, did not embark overseas.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 8 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 24 April 1917 (psoriasis); discharged to Depot, 30 April 1917, and marched in to 1st Training Bn.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 5 May 1917 (ecxema); discharged to Depot, 26 May 1917, and marched in to 1st Training Bn.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 22 July 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 24 September 1917, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: ecxema), 1 November 1917.

Medal: British War Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAREY James

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