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Thomas Balfour KEILLOR

Regimental number4464
Place of birthArgroath Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrocer
AddressWickepin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Davidson, Keillor, Arbroath, Scotland
Enlistment date18 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: "24 September 1917

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 20 June 1918"

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialHargicourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
113
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander andMary KEILLOR; husband of K. Keillor, 6 Payneharn Road, St. Peters, South Australia. Native of Arbroath, Scotland
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon with great dash, and was always encouraging his men. On his senior officers becoming casualties he took charge of the company and carried on the consolidation with judgment afterwards organizing the defence very thoroughly. He was fearless and set a splendid example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as Battalion Intelligence Officer. He accompanied the assaulting troops to the objective, on his way killing two of the enemy single handed who were firing on our men from the rear. Within 45 minutes after zero he brought back much valuable information to battalion headquarters, having passed through a heavy barrage to get there.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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