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Regimental number330
Place of birthClermont Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEmerald, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Winifred Lydia Kilpatrick, Emerald, Queensland
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 2nd September, 1918, during the attack by the 11th A.I. Brigade North of ALLAINES he displayed great initiative and skill in getting his guns forward. Although coming under direct machine gun and artillery fire, he got his guns into position under great difficulty and trying circumstances giving the advancing infantry mutual support. At a critical period his untiring efforts and skill greatly assisted the success of the operations in that sector. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 3rd September, during the attack by the 11th A.I. Brigade near HAUT ALLAINES this Non Commissioned Officer engaged enemy machine gun nests that were holding up the attacking infantry. He and his team came under direct machine gun fire, but notwithstanding this he engaged the enemy machine guns, knocking them out and enabling the infantry to get forward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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