James Anthony (Jimmy) MCEVOY MM

MCEVOY, James Anthony

Service Number: 1544A
Enlisted: 9 April 1915, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rushworth, Victoria, 1885
Home Town: Cornella, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: War service related (shrapnel), Colbinabbin, Victoria, 29 March 1927
Cemetery: Colbinabbin Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Colbinabbin War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1544A, Bendigo, Victoria
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
19 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
5 May 1917: Wounded Private, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), GSW (face)
31 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
6 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
7 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
7 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1544A, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Awarded the Military Medal (www.awm.gov.au);

"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

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"McEVOY.— In fond memory of my devoted husband and our dear daddy, James Anthony McEvoy, who passed away at Bendigo on 29th March, 1927. R.I.P. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your prayers for him extol;
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on his soul. — Inserted by his loving wife and little children, Violet Town." - from the Melbourne Advocate 28 Mar 1929 (nla.gov.au)

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