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Michael O'KEEFE

Regimental number3391
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDraper
Addressc/o A McDermott, Narrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, J O'Keefe, Kenturk, County Cork, Ireland
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateDied of wounds 11 June 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
153
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of John O'KEEFFE, Cork, Ireland
Medals

Military Medal

'During the counter-attack near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on the night of 24th/25th April 1918 3 of the Officers of his Company became casualties, and the remaining Officer was detached with another Company. The command of the Company fell upon Sergeant O'KEEFE. His vigorous action, coolness under intense machine gun fire from the left flank - which was for a time quite exposed - and fine display of initiative in a very tying situation, were in a very large measure responsible for the successful consolidation of the left of the Battalion sector.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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