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James McCarthy

Portrait, James McCarthy (provided by a family member) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, James McCarthy (provided by a family member) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    McCarthy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 39479 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 August 1884 AWMM BrightonTiromoana AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John McCarthy (brother), Tiromoana, Buller, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 February 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 39479 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 10 October 1916 AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 foot 2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      182 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fresh AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Other, WWI AWMM
      Nature of Injury: Loss right leg Pension: 32/- Percent of disability: [Not stated] Source: New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100% AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James McCarthy was the 10th child of Patrick and Margaret McCarthy, of Charleston, New Zealand.

    Brother of Partrick McCarthy (62363).

    Whilst in training at Sling Camp on the Salisbury Plains, not far from Stonehenge, he sent a postcard showing New Zealand troops posing at Stonehenge to his sister Madge. It was sent about five weeks before his death. The message reads: "Dear Madge. This is a photo taken of a historic place called stone henge. You will pick out my dial on it. I am leaving for France tonight so will soon be in the thick of it now. The war is far from ended yet, but all the same I am glad to be finished here for it has been very solid training. I am after having four days holidays and spent most of it in Birmingham with the Price boys & enjoyed it immensely. We has a few hours in London coming back and had a look at London Bridge, Strand Piccadilly & Trafalgar Leicester squares. There is no doubt she is a great city. Birmingham is a large city with a quarter of a million population. It is a fine journey in the train and all splendid country all along the line. I will write you a letter as soon as I get settled down again but will be censored in France. I will now conclude with love to all from your loving brother Jim."

    He left there for France 26th May 1917, posted to B Company Canterbury Infantry Regiment 19.6.1917 and was killed in action 6th July 1917. The History Sheet records the following from soldier "Peter J. Searle?. On the night of July 6th a party of us were laying a cable at Ploegsteer, but I can't remember the exact place when a shell landed right in the middle of us and killed several of us including McCarthy and another man; viz Herrny (?) H. Their bodies were taken back to an old house and lay there till they were buried next day but I was not present at the burial so cant give the exact spot." He was buried at Motor Car Corner Military Cemetery.

    Present address (as listed in New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%): Mititai. North Wairoa AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 July 1917 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Motor Car Corner Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM Plot 1. Row D. Grave No 6. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Visited the above cemetery in July 2007. Very moving experience as James McCarthy is my great uncle Public - Patricia - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Family tree
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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial gates, Victoria Square park, Westport AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Unpublished papers: family papers AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      55: 11 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army (1920). List of the names of all ex-members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, suffering permanent disability from 20% to 100%, compiled from returns supplied by the Commissioner of Pensions, in respect to: a) Permanent War Pensions, and from returns supplied by the Director-General of Medical Services, regarding: b) Discharged and undischarged hospital patients, assessed as suffering permanent disability, but not yet in receipt of a pension at date (28-4-20). New Zealand. Director-General of Medical Services. NZ Times Co. (Printer). AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM


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15 September 2015Online Cenotaph New ZealandResearcher
26 April 2015PatriciaKiama Downs AustraliaOther Relative
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