Leonard James Carmody
†Carmody, Private Leonard James no.624.
33rd Battalion B Company, formerly 9th Machine Gun Company McCourt Street, Lakemba.
Clerk Born 1890, Alexandria Street, North Sydney, son of John J.T. & Ellen M. Carmody.
Educated North Sydney, Cobar, Stott & Hoare’s Business College.
Enlisted at Lakemba 16/10/1916. Next of kin: John T. Carmody, father, McCourt Street, Lakemba.
Miss V. Edwards, friend, “Camboyaa” West Kogarah.
Casualty list SMH 22/10/1918 Killed in action Died 30/8/1918, at Bouchavesnes Memorial: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R2041881/ [accessed 09/09/2016].
AWM File DDRL428 Letters to the Red Cross re Australian Servicemen:
Private Frank Ruthven no.2895 33rd Battalion, Princess Christian, Weymouth, 8/11/1918:
(Intelligent and very careful, but in great pain and weakness. He could not remember the name of the wood near and I could not get a more definite description of the place)
I saw Carmody hit in the head by a bullet by a sniper on August 30th or 31st not far from Mont St Quentin. He was lying dead in a trench alongside me for some time. He was buried somewhere near where he fell, next day. Owing to Lieutenant Johnson taking his pay book, etc. he was buriedfirst as an “Unknown Australian Soldier”. Later he was identified and he had a cross with his name put up. If Lieutenant Johnson is still alive he will have communicated with Carmody's people. The ground was held.
Eyewitness: Yes. Description: Fair, ruddy complexion, about 5’ 10".
Private Francis James Maguire no. 1920 33rd Battalion B Company 8 Platoon AIF, 5th Southern General Hospital, Lawcett Road, Portsmouth. (Intelligent) 8/11/1918: I was just behind Private Carmody when he was killed by a machine gun bullet. We were attacking before Peronne on August 30th 1918. Carmody was killed instantly. The ground was held and taken. Buried in the field.
Description: “Len”.Fair, medium height. Private G.S. Cottee no.2670 33rd Battalion, Bath War Hospital, 18/12/1918: I saw him killed by a shell outright near Hem somewhere near Mont St Quentin outside Peronne, in a hop-over. Not much disfigured. A little piece of shell got him on the chest. He came from NSW, 5ft 10ins, very fair, nickname “Snowy”. He was I think in the 9th Machine Gun Company, and transferred to the 33rd Battalion. I saw his headstone prepared and am sure he was buried Very much liked.
Private A. A. Marxson no.3435 33rd Battalion AIF HQ, Bath War Hospital, Bristol, 31/12/ 1918. (Reliable): I was a Pioneeer and helped the Padre of the 33rd Battalion AIF to bury the dead The Padre’s name was Rev W. Burkitt of the 33rd Battalion. He was a careful clergyman - took notes of the ground and map. He could give accurate information where this man was buried It was at Salle-de-Sacque after a stunt there, at the end of August...
Private G. Wilson no.2410 B Company 3 3rd Battalion, Luke Junction, Sansouci, 17/3/1919: Informant described Carmody as about 5’7" high, medium build, fair complexion, aged about 23; had been at Cobar at one time. Informant states that they both belonged to B Company 8th Platoon, Carmody being a member of Informant’s Lewis Gun team. On 30/8/1918, the Battalion was in action not far from Mont St Quentin. They hopped over at 6.30am and about 3 hours afterwards while Informant and Carmody were walking along a trench Carmody was killed outright by a sniper’s bullet through the head Informant was about two yards away and saw him fall. Informant had to keep going and never saw Carmody. again, but knows that he was buried where he fell. They captured the objective. All the Company liked Carmody.
Relatives distinguished in the war:
Lieutenant Lockie Piper, 9th Machine Gun Company; Corporal R.M. Williams; Captain F. S. Roberts, Tanks Division, Imperial Forces, cousins. Further information from: W.E. Burkett, Chaplain, 33rd Battalion; Lieutenant Colonel J. Morehead & Captain O.R. Cormack, B Company, 33rd Battalion.
The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002