Peter James (Bags) MCCARTHY

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MCCARTHY, Peter James

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Royal Australian Corps of Transport
Born: Quirindi, New South Wales, 1957
Home Town: Double Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Professional Army Officer
Died: Landmine, South Lebanon, 12 January 1988
Cemetery: Quirindi Lawn Cemetery, NSW
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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Peacekeeping Service

1 Jul 1987: Involvement Australian Army (post WW2), Captain, UNTSO - United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation - Sinai
12 Jan 1988: Involvement Australian Army (post WW2), Captain, Royal Australian Corps of Transport, UNTSO - United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation - Sinai

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Biography

AWM Roll of Honour extract

Informal portrait of Captain (Capt) Peter James McCarthy, Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Enlisting in the Army in 1975, Capt McCarthy trained as an Officer with the 44th Transport Squadron in Devonport, Tasmania before transferring to the Regular Army. Capt McCarthy was one of thirteen Australians serving in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) at the time of his death. As part of his role in UNTSO, he was detached to an observation group monitoring the military zone in Southern Lebanon. Capt McCarthy was killed when the jeep he was travelling in hit a landmine during a routine patrol on 12 January 1988. He was 31 years old.

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