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 Another Successful Sausage Sizzle

A big thank you to all our Tuart Place Social Activities Group Volunteers for donating their time and energy at our most recent Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 28 February. Well done crew!

100 Years on... An Anzac Day Tribute to Clontarf Old Boy Laurence McCarthy VC

Written by Ron Love

McCarthy landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, and apart from convalescence in England he was in that ill-fated campaign from start to finish. Near Madam Wood, east of Vermandovillers, France, on 23 August McCarthy performed what the official war historian rated as 'perhaps the most effective feat of individual fighting in the history of the A.I.F.,next to Jacka's at Pozières'. The 16th Battalion, with McCarthy commanding 'D' Company,had attained its objectives but the battalion on the left was unable to make headway.
They were held by German machine guns. McCarthy then determined to attack the nearest gunpost. With two others, McCarthy dashed across open ground under fire and succeeded in reaching the gun-post. leaving his men to continue the fire fight, McCarthy had outdistanced his comrades, and despite serious opposition and obstacles, he captured the gun and continued along the trenches, picking-up and using German bombs on his way. He inflicted heavy casualties and captured three more machine guns. McCarthy was joined by one of his men and together they continued to bomb the enemy in the trench. Engaging another enemy pocket, McCarthy shot two officers with his revolver. At this stage, being some 700 yards from his starting point. McCarthy had captured five machine guns and dispatched twenty of the enemy before a blood-stained handkerchief signalled the surrender of fifty occupants and reaching our adjoining unit the Lancashire Fusilier.