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William KILGOUR

Regimental number5122
Date of birth27 August 1894
Place of birthPanton Hills Goldfields, Victoria
SchoolEddington State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressTarnagulla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr W Kilgour, Tarnagulla, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Tarnagulla Roll of Honour ('Pro Deo et Patria'), Tarnagulla, Victoria.
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource near Peronne on 5 September, 1918. Accompanied by one man, this N.C.O. crawled forward to investigate the strength of machine gun positions that were impeding the advance of his company. Having discovered one, he rushed it with his companion, killed three of the garrison and brought back a prisoner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Discharge date14 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 4728 Pte George Hamilton ALEXANDER, 46th Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 12 May 1916. Transferred to 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916. Taken on strength, 57th Bn, 22 July 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 July 1916; Corporal, 23 October 1916.

Detached to 5th Army Infantry School, 22 February 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 7 March 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 May 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin), and transferred same day to 2nd Divisional Rest Station; to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 May 1917; to Ambulance Train No 9, 17 May 1917, and transferred to 10th General Hospital, 18 May 1917 (placed on seriously ill list). Transferred to England on board HS 'Aberdonian', 31 May 1917 (malaria), and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 1 June 1917. Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 July 1917; discharged on furlough, 26 July 1917, to report to Training Depot, Codford, 19 August 1917. Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 25 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 October 1917; rejoined Bn, 28 October 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 7 November 1917 (scabies); transferred to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 9 November 1917; to Ambulance Train No 21, 11 November 1917, and admitted to 25th General Hospital, 12 November 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 11 December 1917; to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 18 December 1917; rejoined Bn, 9 January 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 1 February 1918; Temporary Sergeant, 14 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 26 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 12 November 1918.

Promoted Sergeant, 18 November 1918.

Marched out to Corps Workshops, 22 January 1919.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, 11 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 1 April 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 15 May 1919; disembarked, Melbourne, 28 June 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 14 August 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 October 1974
Age at death80
Place of burialNew Cemetery, Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria

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