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Sapper Henry Joseph Carroll 2722, Australian Railway Corps
21/06/2024
First World War Army Australian
By Rémi

France

Sapper Henry Joseph Carroll
258247
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Henry Joseph Carroll was born in Victoria in 1886. He married Mary Connel on April 15 1914 with whom he had two children : Peter born in 1915 and Isabella born in 1916. During this time, Henry Joseph was working as a Stationmaster at the Gosnells railway station.

Henry Joseph Carroll and his wife circa 1916 (Copyright Unknown)

Henry Joseph enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on May the 19th 1917 in the city of Perth while he was 30 years old. He started his training on the 2nd of July but was admitted to the hospital on 11th of August.

After completing his training, he was attached to the Railway Corps as a sapper, and embarked at Victoria on 13th March 1918. He arrived in England on the 15 May 1918.

In England, he received further training, but had to be hospitalised twice for bronchitis. When his wife learned about this, she wrote a letter asking for information regarding her husband's condition.

He arrived in France at Calais on 22 September 1918 and was taken on strength by the 5th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company. With his unit, he was in charge of running a railway from Abbeville in the Somme to Conchil-le-Temple on the coast near Etaples.

His unit was particularly busy after the armistice, as all the men and equipment had to be brought back from France to England. This is why his unit was still on active duty during the year 1919. 6 men of this unit died during the conflict, all of the of sickness. Sadly, Henry Joseph Carroll was one of them.

On December the 27th 1918 he was granted a leave to Paris. There, he was admitted at the hospital on 1st January with influenza. His situation got worse, and he finally died on 4th January at 4:30 pm. Henry Joseph Carroll was 32 years old and left a widow and two children behind him.

He now rests along 10 other Australians in City of Paris Cemetery, on row 20 Grave 10.