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Regimental number1735
Place of birthOmeo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address135 Forrest Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Edward John Kirwan, 135 Forrest Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Enlistment date15 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations in the vicinity of BELLICOURT on 29th September, 1918. This N.C.O. brought his machine guns forward through heavy enemy shell and machine gun fire to a forward position to repel an enemy counter attack. He maintained these positions for a day and a night under the most trying conditions. Throughout the whole operation he set a fine example to his men by his bravery, cheerfulness and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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