Lieutenant Lawrence McCarthy

Unit Australian Imperial Force
Places
Accession Number ART09424
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 76.4 x 53.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Wheeler, Charles
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1927
Conflict Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Depicts a uniformed portrait of Lieutenant Lawrence Dominic McCarthy, VC, 16th Battalion, A.I.F, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his work on the 23 August 1918 near Madam Wood, east of Vermandovillers, France. A crisis that suddenly developed in front of a British flanking unit, halting its advance and preventing a link-up with the Australians, caused McCarthy to initiate and carry through almost single-handed a series of actions that stabilised the situation and resulted in the capture of the final objective of the attack.