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Gilbert Mitchell McKINLEY

Regimental number1158
Place of birthNorthcote Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressNew Street, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet McKinley, New Street, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date29 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Succeeded in obtaining valuable information, displaying great courage and determination.' (Near Le Barque, 27 February 1917).
Recommendation date: "10 March 1917

Military Cross


'Work near Villeret on 18 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 29 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Military Cross

'During the attack near Villaret, on 18th September 1918, he showed marked gallantry and determined leadership while in charge of a mopping up platoon supporting the right company. He did excellent work outflanking and mopping up machine gun nests. At Fervaque West an enemy post with four machine guns made a determined stand. With great promptness he engaged the post frontally with his Lewis gun, and then, with his platoon rushed it, capturing the machine gun, two Minenwerfers, and one tank rifle, with twenty prisoners, thus allowing the advance to continue uninterrupted.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 648 Pte Duncan Archibald Sinclair SMITH, 15th Bn, died of wounds, 11 August 1916.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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