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Regimental number3909
Date of birth30 April 1894
Place of birthPenola, South Australia
SchoolPenola Public School, South Australia
Address7 Cumming Street, Mile End, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs V M W Skinner, 7 Cumming Street, Mile End, South Australia
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, and when he was the only one left in his gun team, this man was seen to work round the flank of an enemy machine gun which was holding up a platoon, and put it out of action. Becoming detached from his company, he made his way up to the left of MONT ST. QUENTIN, where he used his gun with good effect. Seeing the left flank exposed he took his gun and went forward alone, remaining out till the position became secure. During this period, the enemy attacked our position five times, but was driven back on each occasion, this gunner, keeping them harassed, with fire from the excellent position he had chosen for himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date27 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2581 Driver Roderick James SKINNER, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 23 March 1919; 15 Driver Harold Austin SKINNER, 43rd Bn, died, Albany, 28 July 1916.
Other detailsWar service: Egypt, France, Belgium. Wounded, Mont St Quentin, 31 August 1918; invalided to Bristol, thence to Australia, arriving 31 August 1918.

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