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Keith Newlands WARK

Regimental number2895
Place of birthBathurst New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationInsurance clerk
AddressRoseville, Princes Street, McMahon's Point, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs B A Wark, Warlida, 154 West Street, NorthSydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He took charge of his platoon when the officers became casualties, and did fine work under very heavy shell fire. He set a fine example, and rendered great assistance in establishing the defences of our front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsBrothers : 60056 Sergeant Alexander WARK, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 July 1919; Lt Blair Anderson WARK VC, 30th Bn, returned to Australia, 10 June 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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