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James Frederick KITTSON

Regimental number5137
Place of birthHeywood Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Kittson, 6 Station Street, North Preston, Victoria
Enlistment date5 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 2 January 1919


Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 2 April 1919

FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919

Military Medal

'Near ZONNEBEKE, East of YPRES, 24/28th October 1917, Corp. KITTSON was in charge of a very exposed post in the front line. His post was very heavily shelled and finally blown in, and all except two of his men became casualties. Though practically without cover he proceeded to reconstruct his post, on several occasions he was partly buried and badly shaken by shells but he stuck to his post and kept it in a condition of defence until the Bn. was relieved. His courage and endurance set a splended example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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