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William Henry KNEEBONE

Regimental number124
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMaribyrnong Barracks, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinW Kneebone, 36 Studley Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty (Near Ypres 10 August 1917).
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an intense and accurate hostile shelling of his battery a gun detachment were either killed or wounded and their ammunition was set on fire, but with great promptness and gallantry he ran across from his own gun and endeavoured to extinguish the ammunition; afterwards returning and directing the fire of his gun with the utmost coolness, although the camouflage was on fire. He put it out himself, and continued to set a splendid example of energy and determination until he was wounded an hour afterwards.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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