Henry Harold MACCARTHY


MACCARTHY, Henry Harold

Service Number: 615
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tasmania, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: The Leys School, Trumpington Road Cambridge, England.
Occupation: Sheep Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Pozieres, Somme, France, 23 July 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Memorials: Bothwell War Memorial, Men of Bothwell Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 615, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Battle for Pozières
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 615, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Forty-One, Sydney
23 Jul 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was the son of Harold Irving MacCarthy and Margaret MacCarthy, of Mount Pleasant, Launceston, Tasmania. He went to The Leys School in 1908 at the age of 13 and went into School House. He was a Cadet Corporal and a Member of the Bisley VIII.

On leaving school, he returned to Australia to work on the family sheep farm.

At the outbreak of war, he enlisted at Bothwell, Tasmania and joined the New South Wales Light House Regiment serving with distinction in the Mediterranean. He was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915. He was then granted a commission in the Australian Infantry and was sent to France. He was killed in action at Pozieres  during the Battle of the Somme on 23 July 1916. He was aged 21 and had reached the rank of Lieutenant.

He is one of three Australian casualties of the Great War who are commemorated on the Leys School War Memorial. 

Leys School is a co-educational Independent school. It is now a day and boarding school for about 560 pupils between the ages of eleven and eighteen.Trumpington Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 7AD, United Kingdom

In the First World War, 927 Leysians joined the armed services and 146 of them died. A memorial to the old Leysians who died, costing £48,000 and funded by donation, was  unveiled on 6 June 1920 by the Duke of York. The memorial consists of four rows of names divided in the middle by a statue of an armoured St George, below which is written "To The Immortal Memory of Old Leysians Who Fell In The War Of 1914–1919", and in large block capitals the words "My Marks And Scars With Me To Be A Witness For Me That I Have Fought His Battles Who Now Will Be My Reward."