Walter Daniel CARMODY

CARMODY, Walter Daniel

Service Number: 1620
Enlisted: 23 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Whorouly, Wangaratta, Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Whorouly, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: To Be Determined, Whorouly, near Wangaratta, Victoria, 18 July 1919, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Milawa Cemetery
Section: Roman Catholic; Row 13; Grave 210. His name is located at panel 169 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Oxley War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
20 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 38th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
5 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 60th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
13 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1620, 60th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
19 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1620, 60th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
5 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1620, 60th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele
20 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1620, 60th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
13 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Father Jeremiah Carmody (d. 24/1/1921) and Mother Mary J Carmody (nee _____)
Daniel lived with his parents prior to embarking at Whorouly, near Wangaratta, Victoria.

Sister  Marjory Carmody, living at 79 Alma Road, St Kilda, Victoria.

Next of kin in service:
Cousin         4707 Pte Owen GEARY  -  22nd Battalion
                   5/11/1917 returned to Australia

Cousin         4716 Pte Ambrose GEARY  -  21st Battalion
                   24/12/1918  returned to Australia

Cousin         222 Pte George GEARY  -  13th Field Artillery Brigade
                   21/3/1919  returned to Australia

Cousin         108 Sergeant Mark Phillip GEARY  -  4th Light Horse Regiment
                   15/11/1918  returned to Australia

Cousin         221 Pte Maurice Timothy GEARY  -  13th Field Artillery Brigade
                   20/12/1918 returned to Australia
                   22/10/1919  passed away in Coburg, Victoria

Cousins        1928 Pte Patrick GEARY  -  57th Battalion
                   23/9/1918  returned to Australia

Daniel was described on enlisting as 29 years 3 months old; single; 5 ' 8" tall; 145 lbs;
fresh complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair; Roman Catholic

23/2/1916    Enlisted in Melbourne

12/5/1916    Commanding Officer appointed Walter (Daniel) to 1st reinforcements,
                   38th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo Camp

20/6/1916    Embarked from Port Melbourne on board HMAT A54 Runic
                   as a Private in 10th Infantry Brigade, 38th Infantry Battalion, 1st reinforcements

8/8/1916      marched in to 10th Training Battalion (and taken on strength)

9/9/1916      proceeded overseas to France, ex England
                   transferred to 6th Battalion

The 60th Battalion was raised in Egypt on 24 February 1916 as part of the "doubling" of the AIF. Half of its recruits were Gallipoli veterans from the 8th Battalion, and the other half, fresh reinforcements from Australia. The majority of both groups were Victorians. The new battalion formed part of the 15th Brigade of the 5th Australian Division.

9/10/1916    taken on strength as a Private into 60th Battalion

Early in 1917, the battalion participated in the advance that followed the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, but it was spared having to assault it. It did, however, defend gains made during the second battle of Bullecourt.

Later in the year, the AIF's focus of operations switched to the Ypres sector in Belgium. 

19/9/1917    Promoted to Lance Corporal in 60th Battalion, France

The 60th's major battle here was at Polygon Wood on 26 September.

30/9/1917    sick to hospital (contusions back) - France
11/10/1917  rejoined battalion

With the collapse of Russia in October 1917, a major German offensive on the Western Front was expected in early 1918.

23/11/1917  on leave
7/12/1917    returned to battalion in France

This came in late March and the 5th Division moved to defend the sector around Corbie. During this defence, the 60th Battalion participated in the now legendary counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April. 

23/5/1918    Gun shot wound to thigh - wounded in action, France
27/5/1918    admitted L of C Hospital from F M Unit, France
2/6/1918      invalided to United Kingdom from France

4/6/1918      Gun shot wound to thigh (severe)
                   admitted to Horton Co of War Hospital Epsom, Surrey England

Had operation, now has a large depressed scar on back of right thigh, damage of hamstring
muscle and much general wasting of thigh.

16/8/1918    admitted to 3rd Auxillary Hospital, Dartford, England
28/8/1918    discharged to No.3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, Dartford, England

6/11/1918    Embarked on board D27 Marathon from England, to return to Australia

13/2/1919    discharged from service in AIF

18/7/1919    Walter (Daniel) passed away
buried in:     Milawa Cemetery, Milawa, Victoria
                   Roman Catholic section; Row 13; Grave 210.

British War medal (18540) and Victory medal (47664).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  6/5/2015.  Lest we forget.