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Eric Lawson KEAGE

Regimental number11031
Place of birthKew Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address23 Belmont Avenue, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Keage, 23 Belmont Avenue, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 15 December 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations west of BRAY on 22nd August, 1918. Sapper KEAGE was attached to the left attacking Battalion as linesman, his duty being to maintain the lines from Battalion Headquarters to Forward Brigade Report Centre, also the base line of the Power Buzzer and Amplifier Set working to the same point. Sapper KEAGE during the prolonged and at times intense barrage put down by the enemy across the ground over which the lines passed contrived to keep the Battalion in constant communication with Brigade under the most trying circumstances and by his coolness and courage earned the admiration of and set a magnificent example to all with whom he came in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 December 1962

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