McCarthy, Frederick Daniel (Private, b.1903 - d.1944)

Accession Number PR00583
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary, Photograph
Maker McCarthy, Frederick Daniel
Place made Australia, Burma
Date made 1941-1944
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 95/0503
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX56372 Private Frederick Daniel McCarthy, No 3 Motor Transport Company and prisoner of war. Collection consists of an original diary written between April 1941 describing his departure from Sydney, until his death of disease in a prisoner of war camp on 11 January 1944. The diary mentions several camps in Burma (including 70, 95 and 105 Kilo camps), daily deaths, illness such as dysentery and cholera, starvation, anger at poor treatment, forced march, and work parties. Towards the end of the diary entries, Pte McCarthy's death from illness on 11 January 1944 is recorded by NX68586 Pte Kenneth Valentine Warburton. The diary remained in Warburton's possession after the war. Collection also consists of a photocopy of the diary and two photographs. One photograph depicts Kenneth Valentine Warburton in uniform, and the second depicts Frederick Daniel McCarthy with "Peggy" O'Neil.