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Edward KITSON

Regimental number6874
Place of birthManchester, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOil maker
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 7.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Urieth Kitson
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Army Medical Corps (Volunteers); transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps, and served for 4 years, including time in the South African War; time expired.
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, 8th Field Ambulance Sections B and C
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer Class I
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'During the period February 25th to September 16th 1918 this W.O. has performed exceptionally good work at every station the Ambulance has occupied. While at LOCRE Divisional Rest Station he not only carried out his usual duties but arranged bi-weekly concerts for the patients (180). During the move to the SOMME in March and through the period April 21st to May 30th when his ambulance manned the Advanced Dressing Stations his work was very praiseworthy. Reliefs of Bearers and of nursing men were carried out with clockwork regularity. Since August 8th the work of this W.O. has been all that was possible. His best work was at the M.D.S. near VILLERS BRETTONNEUX, when, in addition to our wounded, we had unexpectedly to cope with 350 wounded Canadians on the 9th August. He then organised a room and special squads of dressers and the convoy was disposed of in record time. He continually sets the best example of hard work and loyalty to the cause before the men, and from the inception of this unit his untiring energies, his never failing reliability devotion to duty and his manner of handling men have been admirable. His excellent services merit a special reward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date22 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, KITSON Edward

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