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Michael Kevin HYNES

Regimental number6071
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIron moulder
Address318 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, John Hynes, 318 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Australian General Hospital, Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Australian General Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. On 9th April 1917 the possition occupied by 4th Battery Australian Field Artillery, near LAGNICOURT, FRANCE, was subjected to heavy and accurate shelling, in the course of which numerous casualties were inflicted. Privates HYNES AND DOEPEL (who were attached to 5th and 6th Batteries close by) immediately went to the assistance of these wounded men and assisted Captain KIRKLAND (R.M.O.) in dressing their wounds in spite of the fact that the heavy shelling continued. Whilst dressing one severely wounded man an ammunition dump which was only a few yards away was set on fire and numerous explosions caused. These two men, however, continued with their work and finally succeeded in getting the wounded man out of the trench and carried to a place of comparative safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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