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Vincent KEOGH

Regimental number3826
Date of birth30 April 1894
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSt Bridges Catholic School, Marrickville, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFitter and turner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Keogh, 'Benworan', Essex Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Previous military service34th Infantry
Enlistment date2 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack by the 2nd American Corps at St Souplet, south of Le Cateau, on 17th October 1918. The Battery was in action firing a barrage in support of the advancing Infantry. This N.C.O., although suffering severely from the effect of gas, remained on the positions and rendered valuable assistance to the guns. When one of the Numbers One was wounded he took charge of the Detachment and kept the gun in action. He rendered valuable work throughout the day until finally was evacuated suffering from gas.'
Recommendation date: 22 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Discharge date7 April 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Australia, 23 December 1915; unit not recorded on personal file. Allotted to 45th Bn, Zeiton, Egypt, 6 March 1916; taken on strength, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, Tel-el-Kebir, 17 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Promotion to temporary Fitter Corporal confirmed, 1 October 1916. Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 15 September 1918; returned to France from leave, 8 October 1918.

Wounded in action (gas), 17 October 1918; admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; to 2nd General Hospital, Le Havre, 18 October 1918. Transferred to England, 23 October 1918, and admitted to Reading war Hospital, 24 October 1918. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 November 1918.

Granted furlough, 14-28 November 1918; to report to No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire. Absent without leave, 28-29 November 1918: reprimanded and ordered to forfeit one day's pay.

Commenced return to Australia, 21 December 1918. Disembarked 4 February 1919. Discharged 7 April 1919 as medically unfit (severe gas poisoning).

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of death26 April 1950
Age at death56
Place of burialPort Morseby Cemetery, Papua New Guinea

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