Topic: Sidney Carlton McCarthny (1895-1916)

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Tauranga surveyor Sidney Carlton McCarthny was serving during World War I when he was wounded in action at Armentières in Northern France in July 1916. He never recovered, and died at Boulogne on 18 August 1916 from gunshot wounds to the abdomen, aged 21. Story by Debbie McCauley.

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Sidney Carlton McCarthny [sometimes misspelled Sydney) was born at Turua in Thames on 18 June 1895 (reg. 1895/18410). He was the eldest son of William McIntyre and Minnie McCarthny (nee Hartley) who married in 1894.

He worked as a surveyor in Tauranga and was also a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer in Tauranga from 16 June 1913. He was also a member of the Public Works Department in Tauranga before resigning to take a position with Stevens and Goulding. 

Sidney enlisted to serve during World War I on 16 June 1915, giving his birth year as 1894 rather than 1895. He was with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, 6th Company, 1st Battalion (Service No: 12/3098). His last rank was Private.

On 29 July 1916 Sydney was wounded in action at Armentières in France, receiving gunshot wounds to the abdomen. He was admitted to No. 13 General Hospital at Boulogne, France. Reports stated that a gunshot wound to the hip had perforated his bladder. He was reported dangerously ill, but improving.

Sidney died of his wounds at Boulogne on 18 August 1916, aged 21. He was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France.

Sydney Carlton McCarthny (1894-1916)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


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Sidney Carlton McCarthny (1895-1916)

Note:Service Number: 12/3098
First Names:Sidney Carlton
Last Name:McCarthny
Date of Birth:18 June 1895
Place of Birth:Turua, Thames
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:18 August 1916
Place of death:Boulogne, France
Place of burial:Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Fathers name:William McIntyre McCarthny
Fathers date of death:31 October 1917
Fathers place of death:Kopu, Thames, New Zealand
Mothers name:Minnie Hartley
Mothers date of birth:c1872
Mothers date of death:12 July 1931
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)