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Horace KIRBY

Regimental number102
Place of birthKew Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address3 Derby Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Thomas Kirby, 3 Derby Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (awarded Mention in Despatches)

'Work at Lihons on 10 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 25 August and 8 September 1916

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Military Cross (altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateKilled in Action 23 August 1918
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery (Plot II, row A, Grave No. 21), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and skilful leadership at Lihons, 10 August, 1918. He led forward a party of three, and under heavy fire, bombed two machine gun posts, capturing the guns and establishing his party in the position. Later, when all the officers became casualties he handled the company with great success.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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