Joseph Ignatius MCBRIDE

MCBRIDE, Joseph Ignatius

Service Number: 1242
Enlisted: 23 September 1914, Kensington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hunter's Hill, New South Wales, 22 October 1894
Home Town: Hunters Hill, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Schooling: Saint Ignatius' College Riverview
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 29 June 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1242, Kensington, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1242, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1242, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1242, 4th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards


Writing from the front, the Rev. E. McAuliffe (of St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney), chaplain, 1st Inf. Brigade, to Alderman B. McBride, of Hunter's Hill, concerning the sad news of the death of his youngest son, Private Joseph Ignatius McBride, at Gallipoli, says:-

"It may lessen your grief to know that a short time before he died he was at the Sacraments, and was fully prepared to meet his Saviour. Death was instantaneous, hence there was no long-drawn-out agony of pain. It will be a consolation to you to know that your son was the bravest of the brave, that he was respected by all his comrades and officers, and that he fought and died a hero. He is buried among his comrades in a cemetery not far from where he fell, in a place you will never forget — Shrapnel Valley. I read the burial service; and his comrades have erected a beautiful cross over his grave." 

Further particulars were received from Captain Coltman, who writes to the young hero's father:-

"Your son was in D Company, my old company before taking up machine-gun work, and he had just volunteered for machine-gun work and was training for it. While carrying out the duties of sentry with his company in the fire trenches on the morning, of the 29th June, he was shot in the head, death being instantaneous. He died doing his duty, and doing it well, and thoroughly. He was such a fine fellow, and, it will interest you to know, that his friends in the company were of the best type of men we have here. They made a very happy party, and were always dependable and men of fine character. They feel his loss very much. I attended the burial, with all his friends that could be spared from the trenches." - from the Sydney Freeman's Journal 26 Aug 1915 (