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Skipper KING

Regimental number287
Place of birthGreta Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressPentland Street, Wangaratta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinRobert King, Chiltern, Victoria
Enlistment date14 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board A44 Vestalia on 26 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)


Recommendation date: 13 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallant conductand devotion to duty. On the 3rd November, 1917, whilst in the forward area east of YPRES during a very heavy bombardment, a shell burst in a dug out occupied by himself and Troopers HAMMETT and HUSH, wounding these two men, and throwing Trooper KING himself out of the dug out. Although badly shaken he at once went to the assistance of his two wounded comrades; he carried Trooper HAMMETT on his shoulder under heavy shell fire to the Dressing Station, and then returned with a stretcher for Trooper BUSH. Trooper KING then took up duty at the post where he remained until relief arrived.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 August 1957
Place of burialCoburg Cemetery

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