Horace William MCCARTHY


MCCARTHY, Horace William

Service Number: 2736
Enlisted: 26 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yatala, South Australia, 15 September 1890
Home Town: Eden Hills, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Phthisis, Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, 8 May 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2736, 27th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2736, 27th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2736, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 27th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 27th Infantry Battalion
8 May 1918: Involvement SN 2736, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 8th May.......Horace William McCarthy was born at Yatala, South Australia in 1890. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 26th July, 1915 as a 24 year old Clerk from Eden Hills, South Australia.

Private Horace William McCarthy married Elsie Mary Lyne on 15th September, 1915. He embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on 27th October, 1915 & disembarked at Egypt then to England.
Private McCarthy was promoted to Temporary Corporal on 1st April, 1916 while in England then promoted to Corporal on 24th January, 1917 while posted at Tidworth, Wiltshire.

Corporal McCarthy was promoted to Acting Lance Sergeant on 21st February, 1917 at Rollestone, Wiltshire.

Acting Lance Sergeant was attached to Permanent Cadre of 6th Training Battalion at Fovant, WIltshire on 21st November, 1917.
Lance Sergeant Horace William McCarthy was admitted to the Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 8th May 1918 but died at 7.55 pm on 8th May from Phthisis. He was buried in Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery, Wiltshire where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

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