James Clyde MCGRATH

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MCGRATH, James Clyde

Service Number: 1708
Enlisted: 23 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Meroo Meadow, New South Wales, 28 February 1898
Home Town: Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Cooroy West State School
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 22 October 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 11
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Cooroy War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1708, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1708, 5th Light Horse Regiment, SS Hawkes Bay, Sydney
21 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1708, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
22 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1708, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The two enlisted children of James McGrath and Sophia Mary (née Badens) McGrath of Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, Queensland:-

64409 Pte. William Mark McGrath (/explore/people/728211) - returned to Australia;

1708 Gnr. James Clyde McGrath - killed in action.

'McGRATH, James Clyde. Driver, No. I708. Born at Meroo Meadow, N.S.W., and educated in New South Wales. The son of James and Sophia Mary McGrath, of West Cooroy. Enlisted and served in France, till killed in action on the 22nd October, 1918.' from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War. (nla.gov.au)

'1708 Private (Pte) James Clyde McGrath, 5th Light Horse Regiment, of Cooroy, Qld. A labourer prior to enlisting in August 1915, he embarked from Sydney with the 11th Reinforcements on board SS Hawkes Bay on 21 October 1915. Upon arrival in Egypt in March 1916, he was transferred to the 54th Artillery Battery. Gunner (Gnr) McGrath arrived in France on 30 June 1916. In July 1917 he became ill and was hospitalised several times over the following months. He rejoined his unit on the Western Front in September 1917 but was ill again between March and June 1918. Gnr McGrath was killed in action on 22 October 1918 near the village of St Martin, Proyart, France when a shell landed in his dug out. He was 20 years of age. Gnr McGrath was first cousin to 6205 Private Walter McGrath, 25th Battalion, who was killed in action on 3 October 1918.' SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au) 

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