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Stanley Vernon KIRWOOD

Regimental number925
Place of birthCanterbury Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShipping clerk
Address62 Park Street West, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, W Kirwood, 62 Park Street West, Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

work near lihons on 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: "9 September 1916

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 19 August 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918

Military Cross

'Near Lihons, on 10th August 1918, when his company encountered strong opposition he showed great skill and gallantry in dealing with same. After disposing of a nest of three light guns, he made a reconnaissance under heavy machine gun fire, with the result that by securing the cooperation of his flanks he was enabled to push the line forward some 500 yards. Later in the day he led a patrol through a wood south west of Lihons, and gained much valuable information. His dash and initiative contributed largely to the success of the operation, and he set a fine example to all under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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

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