CARNEY James

Date of Enlistment 06/09/1915
Birthplace Cudal New South Wales
Next of kin Wife, Mrs May Carney, 8 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation Stockman
Age on Enlistment 30
Service Number 1760
Rank Gunner
Unit 10th Light Horse, 11th Reinforcement
12th Field Artillery Brigade
Fate RTA
Date of Fate Event 13/04/1919
Returned to Broome post WWI No
Other Information Second Contingent from Broome
Appears on the RSL Honour Roll
Jim Carney (Australian Field Artillery) writes to Felix Edgar from Somewhere in France: ‘ Just a few lines to say I am still in the land of the living, and hope you are going good and strong. We have had a good time since I left Broome— three years ago tomorrow. I have seen all the best places in Egypt, France. England and Ireland. I was wounded once and gassed once, but can still give a power of cheek, and old Fritz has a long way to go before he gets me. Old McKellar is here and looking well, also Hartshorn, George Grainger (Lower Liveringa), Alec. Stewart, Con. O’Brien (of Court Hotel, Perth, ex-M.L.C. for Central Province), Jock White, Percy Chamberlain, Harry and Dug. Clarke (from Carnarvon), also Alec. Stewart (brother of Bill). The Nor-West is well represented and the old bushwackers more than hold their own (when there is any rum about). Claude Sherwood has gone home; he was with us for a long time and is dinkum old bloke. My word, this is some war, and it is just about half done. I would have not have missed it for anything, and I am going to see it out if it lasts ten years. Things have been a bit mixed this last three months. It’s a two-sided game this fighting. Poor old Bill Crossby was killed over here; he was a fine fellow. Archie, and Andy Campbell are here, also Bill Kyshen (all Derby ites). Ned Saul is here, a captain too; he is like the rabbits— likes underground. Remember me to all the old Kimberley people, and the Broomeites, Jim Cunningham is here, also Dave Donaldson (still going strong). Tommy Fitzpatrick had a leg blown off, and ‘Ginger’ Leonard was wounded. Harry Mau left us in February. If you know of a good cook send him along; good wages to a good man, and find his own apron. Ronald Whyte is here and is our cook. Alec. Stewart says, ‘ You long cow, why don’t you go out and get a ‘killer?” Archie Ross has gone home, also Scotland. Show this letter to old Barker if you like. Jack Kendrick’s son is here with us, and is a bonza lad.’ Letter from Jim Carney, published in the North West Echo 14th September 1918

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