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Regimental number1767
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address48 Mandurah Road, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Wm Keeling, Batemans Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For gallantry at Hollebeke, South East of Ypres, on the night of 13-14 March 1918.
Recommendation date: "19 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Lihons on 11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 19 August 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource near Lihons on the 11 August, 1918. This warrant officer took a patrol twice through enemy territory to locate the unit on the flank. In spite of being fired at, he returned with valuable information. Later, taking a Lewis gun he surprised the enemy, and contributed largely to the breaking up of their counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 3258 Pte Joseph Bede TALBOT, 4th Bn, died of illness, England, 9 February 1919.

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