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James Thomas CARR

Regimental number4587
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway employee
AddressYillowra Street, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 6"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Grace Carr, Yillowra Street, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Irish Rifles (Bandsman): resigned.
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 March 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Andrew Richardson
Discharge date26 January 1920
Family/military connectionsSon: 7457 Pte James Bernard CARR, Australian Flying Corps Technical School, returned to Australia, 16 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Found guilty, Egypt, 1 May 1916, of being absent without leave (date/s not available): fined 1 day's pay; forfeited a total of 2 days' pay.

Marched out to proceed to England, 31 May 1916; arrived Devonport, 12 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 16 September 1916; taken on strength, 22nd Bn, in the field, 5 October 1916.

Wife wrote to Base Records, 18 January 1917: 'I wish to state that I have not heard from my husband ... since last October 28th 1916 and I am anxious about him. He is somewhere in France and if you could let me know if he is alright I will be glad. I am the mother of eight children and I do not think the Military should have taken my husband and they ought to send him home.'

Transferred to 60th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, 27 August 1917.

To England on leave, 23 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 8 December 1917.

To Paris on leave, 11 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 19 February 1918. Found guilty, 20 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 2300, 17 February, to 1030, 19 February 1918: admonished, and forfeited 3 days' pay.

On leave to England, 4 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 December 1918.

To Australian General Base Depot for demobilisation, 8 March 1919.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 17 March 1919 (self-inflicted wound: severe; cut throat whilst insane. Medical Board stated, 17 March 1919: 'The Board is of the opinion that Carr was insane when he cut his throat, and that he was not responsible for such actions. Classified as injured self inflicvted while insane, and it is not desired to take disciplinary action against this man.'

Admitted to Royal Victorian Hospital, Netley, 19 April 1919; transferred to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, for mental observation, 23 April 1919.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 August 1919 (neurasthenia).

Found guilty, 14 August 1919, of (1) being absent without leave, London, from 1300, 12 August, till apprehended, 2200, 12 August 1919 (2) assaulting an NCO of Military Police: awarded forfeiture of 28 days' pay; total forfeiture: 29 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 28 August 1919; recorded as absentee in Durban when failed to report on expiry of leave; found guilty of neglecting to obey troopship orders: awarded forfeiture of 28 days' pay; embarked Durban on board HT 'Euripides', 30 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 26 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsEmbarkation Roll incorrectly lists address as Melbourne, Victoria; Attestation Form correctly gives address as Sydney, New South Wales.
Date of death15 April 1962
Age at death85
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CARR James Thomas

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