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McCarthy, Mortimer Eugene

8304 MID Driver 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance.

Born at Myrniong, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, RC.  Enlisted 28 July 1915, age 25, clerk.  Gave his postal address as Customs Office, Fremantle and Nok father, William McCarthy of Fern Hill, Victoria.  Embarked at Fremantle 1 November 1915 per Benalla.  Served Mudros 1915, Egypt 1916-1918. RTA March 1919 per A15 Port Sydney.  Award and service medals: MID, 914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.  Citation for his mention in dispatches: Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 76 dated 23 May 1918.  London Gazette 2nd supplement No. 30480 dated 15 January 1918 (specifics not stated).  Letter from this soldier in 1921 shows his address as Cnr Napier and Henry Sts, Cottesloe.  His obituary in the Canberra Times 17 May 1967 described him as completing his education at the University of Western Australia and joining the Commonwealth Service as a Customs Officer.  He joined the Tariff Board in 1929. During World War II he was the Commonwealth Prices Commissioner. He was chairman of the Tariff Board 1945-1957, knighted in January 1962 and died at his home at Kew, Victoria. He was survived by Lady McCarthy, two sons and a daughter.