David McCarthy

Name   David McCarthy

Number    Private 4504

Battalion      22nd Battalion  

Place of Birth   Koonwarra

Next of Kin   His mother Mrs. Frances McCarthy of Nerrena via Koonwarra

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 1/2/1916

James and Frances gave permission

Physical details on enlistment   Age 19 years 10 months, 5’10”, 10 stone blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Farm labourer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Polygon Wood on 4/10/1917

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried at The Buttes New British Cemetery Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was from Nerrena 

Military History

  • He attended Nerrena State School
  • 1/2/16 He enlisted
  • His parents James and Frances signed a consent form
  • 29/3/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Orantes
  • 17/7/16 He was admitted to Fargo Hospital Rollestone
  • 28/7/16 He was discharged
  • 16/9/16 He went to France
  • 7/10/16 He was taken on strength
  • 11/11/16 He had trench feet
  • In January 1917 he had defective eyesight
  • 1/2/17 He rejoined his unit
  • 4/10/17 He was killed
  • His will appoints his uncle Jeremiah McCarthy of Koonwarra as executor. He leaves all his estate to his sister Cicely Johanna McCarthy.
  • The will was made at Broadmeadows. He left his will in the possession of his mother Mrs. McCarthy
  • His effects were: – 2 brushes, a pencil case, comb, steel mirror, matchbox. Cicely received the parcel 16/5/18
  • 5/3/21 Mrs. McCarthy received 3 photos of his grave. ,
  • 28/11/22 She received the victory medal
  • 20/12/22. His father was the official receiver of the medals, scroll and plaque

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