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Sergeant Gilbert Payne Mulcahy, AIF (1893-1979)

Photograph - Corporal G.P. Mulcahy Portrait, World War I, 1914-1916

Image: Photograph - Corporal G.P. Mulcahy Portrait, World War I, 1914-1916

Source: Museum Victoria

Sergeant Gilbert Payne Mulcahy was born in 1893 in Clunes, Victoria and was the eighth child of John and Margaret Mulcahy. He served in the militia before enlisting on 15 February 1915.  He was given regimental number HQ1. He was assigned to the 6th Brigade, headquarters, and embarked from Melbourne to on the HMAT Ulysses on 10 May 1915.

Mulcahy was first appointed as a corporal before being promoted to sergeant in March 1915 and then order room sergeant in April of the same year. Later his discharge certificate listed him as a company sergeant major; years later, in correspondence to the Central Army Records Office, he described his rank as Warrant Officer, class II.

Mulcahy served with the 6th Brigade in Gallipoli from September to December 1915 before being evacuated to Egypt. He then travelled to the Western Front where the 6th Brigade remained until 1918. Whilst serving in Europe Mulcahy was awarded the Meritorious Medal in October 1916 ?in recognition of [his] valuable services rendered during the present war.? He was also recommended for the Military Medal in September 1916 for showing ?marked coolness, untiring energy and ability under most adverse conditions? during his time in the 6th Brigade. However, he did not receive the Military Medal.

Mulcahy eventually returned to Australia on 9 March 1919. In recognition of his services he received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Later, in April 1967, he requested the Anzac Commemorative Medal and Lapel Badge which had been issued for the Anzac veterans - a request that appears to have been granted.

According to census records Mulcahy resided in Melbourne and resumed his work as a clerk. He died in 1979 and was cremated before being interred in the Banksia Wall, Wall W, Niche 93 at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery on 16 March 1979. Of his six surviving siblings two of his brothers (Albert Edward and Horace Stanley) enlisted in February 1916 and left Australia on the HMAT Euripides. Both brothers served as privates in the Australian Imperial Forces and returned to Australia on 10 June 1919.

Museum Victoria holds his diaries and photographs documenting his war-time service.

References

The AIF Project
Ancestry.com
Australian War Memorial - Honours and Awards Search
The National Archives of Australia - Service Record

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