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Christopher Stephen KNEEBONE

Regimental number4360
Place of birthWoodville South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMining student
AddressWoodville Road, Woodville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John H S Kneebone, Woodville Road, Woodville, South Australia
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Peronne on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the construction of bridges across the SOMME at HALLE near PERONNE on 31st August and 1st September 1918, Sapper KNEEBONE by his courage and determination made a most valuable reconnaissance for a bridge. Despite repeated salvoes of 6" and 8" shells Sapper KNEEBONE stuck to his work and pushed across the rive in front of our line coming into full view of the enemy on the opposite bank, and under heavy machine gun fire, carried on and completed the reconnaissance, thereby securing the information necessary for the construction of the bridge. He then assisted in the construction of the bridge under shell fire and afterwards volunteered to take back very necessary information relative to the progress on the bridge, which he succeeded in doing. The bridge was used extensively for the passage of infantry during the operation. The service rendered by him was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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