CorporalMcCARTHY, JAMES FRANCIS

Service Number 8674

Died 24/01/1918

Aged 33

1st Bn.
Royal Irish Regiment

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Son of James and Johanna McCarthy, of 24, College St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Inscription

BORN AT CLONMEL TRULY THE WORDS OF OUR DIVINE LORD APPLY TO HIM

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 14th May, 1918, records the following

"On the 24th January, 1918, in Palestine, Corporal McCarthy was cleaning grenades in his quarters, when the fuse of one became ignited. He carried it out to throw it into a safe place, but, finding a number of men standing around, he realised that he could not throw it anywhere without injuring his comrades. He clasped the grenade in both hands and held it close to his side. The grenade exploded, killing Corporal McCarthy, who by his devoted courage saved his comrades from serious injury."

Albert Medal in Gold.

Buried at JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY

Location: Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
Number of casualties: 2437

Cemetery/memorial reference: F. 37.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.