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Keith St Clair GALE

Regimental number811
Place of birthPort Wakefield, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address23 Queen Street, Kensington, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10.75"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Steven Gale, Parafield, Salisbury, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces (NCO).
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Lihons on 10-11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted August 19th 1914 and embarked on the SS 'Ascanius' with the original 10th Batt. Was at the landing on Gallipoli, was twice wounded there, was then drafted to France and transferred to Machine Gun Section. He was continually in the firing line until he was mortally wounded on 10/8/18 and died on 12/8/18. Was awarded Military Medal for bravery in action. (details from father)
FateDied of wounds 12 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot Iv, Row B, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Cheltenham Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Parents: Stephen and Catherine GALE, Salisbury, South Australia. Photo: Peter Dennis

Military Medal

'During the operations near LIHONS on 10th and 11th August 1918 Sergeant GALE displayed great coolness and exceptional courage. He was in charge of two Vickers Machine Guns, which he brought into action, co-operating with the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion. Under heavy hostile Machine Gun fire he kept these guns in action and materially assisted in repelling several determined counter attacks. On one gun being put out of action he carried on with a captured German gun and continued untiringly until he was badly wounded on 11th August 1918.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GALE Keith St Clair

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