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Pavilion and plaque commemorates Lieutenant Lawrence Dominic McCarthy who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during World War One.  A portrait of Lieutenant McCarthy was also unveiled in the newly renovated RSL hall, renamed in the Victoria Cross (VC) recipient's honour.

Lawrence Dominic McCarthy was born in York, Western Australia, in August 1892.  Lieutenant McCarthy was in the original landing at Gallipoli and redeployed to the western front in France.  McCarthy was promoted to company sergeant major in March 1917 and the following month was commissioned as a second lieutenant. The day after receiving his commission, McCarthy was wounded at Bullecourt and evacuated to England where he spent three months in hospital and convalescing. In November he was promoted to lieutenant and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre.

On 23 August 1918, McCarthy performed what some regarded as the most effective piece of individual fighting in the history of the AIF next to Albert Jacka's Military Cross winning feat at Pozières. Near Madam Wood, east of Vermandovillers, France, the battalion was heavily opposed by well-posted machine-guns. Lieutenant McCarthy, realizing the situation, dashed across the open ground with two men to the nearest post, where, having out-distanced his companions, he put the gun out of action, then continued fighting his way down the trench. Later, having been joined by one of his men, together they bombed their way along the trench until contact was established with an adjoining unit. During this action Lieutenant McCarthy had killed 22 of the enemy, taken 50 prisoners and captured 5 machine-guns.

For this McCarthy was awarded the Victoria Cross that, within his battalion and in some quarters of the London press, came to be known as the "super-VC".
He returned to Australia after the war and died in Victoria in 1975.


Address:160 Avon Terrace, York RSL Club, York, 6302
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.886166
Long: 116.768507
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 25th April, 2007
Source: MA, ADB
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