Edward Joseph MCGARRY

Edward Joseph MCGARRY

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4920), Edward Joseph McGarry was born at Kelso, N.S.W. He gave his age as 35 years and 8 months, his marital status as married, and his occupation as fuelman. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 9 ¼ inches tall, weight 12 stone, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had no previous military service. He joined the Coo-ee March at Bathurst. He was attested at Bathurst on the 28th October 1915, but did not complete his medical until the 13th November October 1915 at Liverpool.

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 7th February 1916 he was charged with being absent without leave for 5 days,

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was 7 Lord Street, Bathurst, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as wife, Mrs S. McGarry, 7 Lord Street, Bathurst, N.S.W.

On 8th March 1916 Private McGarry departed Sydney along with many other Coo-ees on the HMAT A15 Star of England, arriving in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On the 16th April 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion.

On the 4th June 1916 Private McGarry left Alexandria aboard the Transport Scotian bound for France, disembarking at Marseille on the 11th June 1916.

On the 28th September 1916 Private McGarry was admitted to the 4th Field Ambulance sick. He was admitted with Influenza, and transferred to the Division Rest Staton on the 29th September 1916. He was then admitted to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance with Influenza.

On the 4th October 1916 Private McGarry was discharged to duty.

On the 12th December 1916 Private McGarry was wounded in action with a gun shot wound to the chest. He died at No. 38 Casualty Clearing Station at Heilly on 13th December 1916, and was buried on the same day in Heilly Station Cemetery, which was adjacent to the Clearing Station.

Edward Joseph McGarry's headstone at Heilly Station Cemetery, France. His name is on the bottom of the headstone (Photograph: H. Thompson, 4/9/2014)

Edward Joseph McGarry’s headstone at Heilly Station Cemetery, France. His name is on the bottom of the headstone (Photograph: H. Thompson, 4/9/2014)

An article titled ‘Died on service Private E. J. McGarry A “Coo-ee’s” sacrifice’ in the National Advocate (29/12/1916, p. 1) noted that before enlisting, he was ‘employed in the locomotive department on the Bathurst railway’, and that he left a wife and two children.

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