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Peter Livingstone McKELVIE

Regimental number4481
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
AddressLee Terrace, Rosewater, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane McKelvie, Lee Terrace, Rosewater, South Australia
Enlistment date10 January 1916
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 RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Peronne on 2 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the 2nd September 1918 these two men [McKELVIE and 5041 D.G. LEE], during the attack near PERONNE were engaged on line maintenance duty. They were stationed on lines forward of the Brigade Forward Station. As the attacking troops reached their objective, they laid and maintained lines to Battalions. On the evening of the 3rd instant, the area through which the lines were laid was again intensely shelled with H.E. and gas shells; but Sapper McKelvie and Private Lee worked continuously for many hours in the darkness wearing their box respirators, and restored communication again and again. They displayed a standard of courage of the highest order. Through their perseverance, good communication was effected throughout the period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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