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Charles Kingston KINCHELA

Regimental number4847
Place of birthBrunswick Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHairdresser
Address34 Glass Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Kinchela, 34 Glass Street, Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and extreme devotion to duty. During the operations of 18th September 1918, near Le Verquier, Sapper Kinchella, who was a linesman with the 12th A.I. Brigade forward party, continually went out under enemy machine gun and shell fire, to and from Battalion headquarters, helping to maintain lines which were repeatedly cut. It was largely owing to this soldiers untiring energy and gallantry, that almost uninterrupted communication was maintained, notwithstanding that three of his party had been wounded. His work was an inspiring example to his comrades.'
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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