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Regimental number934
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWest Kempsey, Macleay River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Kirkpatrick, West Kempsey, Macleay River, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For gallant conduct and devotion to duty during bombing attack.
Recommendation date: "21 September 1916

Victoria Cross

For most conspicuous courage and daring near Noreuil, when by his absolute disregard of personal danger he inspired all with him with fresh courage. Mainly due to him that the enemy was finally defeated.
Recommendation date: 24 April 1917"

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateKilled in Action 15 April 1917
Date of death15 April 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialQueant Road Cemetery (Plot III, Row F, Grave No. 11), Buissy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Mary KIRKPATRICK, West Kempsey, New South Wales
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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