Hugh McBride

First Name: 
Hugh
Last Name: 
McBride
Mother's Name: 
Mary McBride
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, May 13, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
30th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, September 23, 1917
Place of Death: 
Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Wounds sustained in battle
Details: 

Hugh McBride was born in Greenock, Scotland around 1878. 

Hugh enlisted with the AIF twice. 

Hugh first enlisted on 13 May 1915,and was assigned Service No 425. He was 35 years old, single, worked as a fireman, and lived at Port Kembla, N.S.W.  He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June with 19th Battalion, A Company.  

Hugh served at Gallipoli from 16th August 1915 till the evacuation with A Company 19th battalion. 

Back in Egypt, Hugh was charged on a number of occasions with 'Breaking Camp, AWOL or being in restricted areas without a pass.  Subsequently, due to his continuing insurbordination, he was sent back to Australia in February 1916, and discharged on 22nd April 1916.

On 18th August 1916 Hugh re-enlisted at Wollongong (Service No 4152).  He was now 38 years old and working as a labourer.  However on 7th October 1916 a warrant Hugh was listed as a deserter and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

By 7th October 1916 Hugh embarked, again on board HMAT A40 Ceramic, when it left Sydney for deployment, with the 10th Reinforcements, 30th Battalion.  Hugh arrived in England on 12th November 1916. 

After training in England he joined the fighting in France on 6th February 1917.  Hugh served on the Western Front until he was wounded in action on 19th September 1917.  He was evacuated to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station for treatment of shrapnel wounds to his head and both feet.  However his head wounds were severe and he did not recover.

Hugh is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium; Plot XXV, Row 11, Grave1.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MCBRIDE H

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