Herbert (Barney) MCCARTHY


Service Number: 378
Enlisted: 17 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, June 1893
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Rigger/Wharf Labourer
Died: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 27 June 1950, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 3-182. 20.
Memorials: Newcastle Wharf Labourers Union Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

17 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 378, 1st Machine Gun Company
19 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 378, 1st Machine Gun Company
19 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 378, 1st Machine Gun Company, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
21 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 17th Infantry Battalion
26 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 378, 17th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele , GSW left arm
4 Dec 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 378, 17th Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD wounded

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell

Served in The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

70 years ago today, on the Wednesday afternoon of the 28th June 1950, Private Herbert (Barny) McCarthy, 17th Battalion, wharf labourer and rigger from 74 King Street, Newcastle, New South Wales and 6 Wyvern Street, Mayfield, N.S.W., father of one (Keith), was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 57. ANGLICAN 3-182. 20.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135297577 - funeral notice states service.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales, believe to be May 1893 to John and Ann (Annie) McCarthy; husband of Janet (Jean) McCarthy nee Sneddon (married 22.6.1916, West Maitland, N.S.W., died?) of Queen Street, Lorn, New South Wales, Barny enlisted April 1916 with the 1st Australian Machine Gun Company at Newcastle, N.S.W.
Wounded in action - 26.10.1917 (GSW left forearm, mild), Mr McCarthy returned home September 1918, being discharged December 1918.

Herbert’s name has been inscribed on the Newcastle Wharf Labourers' Union Roll of Honor (photo).

Resting now in an unmarked grave, forgotten, I placed a cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite April 2020, taken a photo of the grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service.

Older brother Patrick Joseph (Reg No-3036, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, born 1880, died 1938) also resting at the cemetery.

Many thanks to Michelle Foster for the family history research.
Lest We Forget.